The Walton's Mountain Museum opened on October 24, 1992. Almost 6,000 fans and guests were on hand for the day long celebration. The Museum is housed in The Schuyler Community Center, a former elementary school.
Schuyler, a small village of four hundred people, is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains Of Central Virginia. A white frame house in the center of town was the boyhood home of Earl Hamner Jr., the creator of The Waltons.
Earl Hamner Jr., his brothers and sisters, several of the show's writers and producers, and numerous cast members reunited for the occassion. The festivities included a presentation in the school auditorium in the morning, and an open air program after lunch. The cast members mingled with the fans, signed autographs, and seemed genuinely taken with the crowd's affection.
The Museum includes reproductions of John Boy's bedroom, the Walton's kitchen, the family living room, Ike Godsey's store, a resource room containing Earl Hamner's papers and a hall of memories housing memorabilia from the TV show and Earl Hamner's personal and public life. Each room is a painstaking replica of the original sets used on the TV show.
Visitors can tour the rooms, watch a Walton's video tape prepared especially for the Museum, and shop in the recreated Ike Godsey's store. The store features over 600 items many made by local crafts people from the Schuyler area.
The Museum is open daily from the first Saturday in March through the last Sunday in November (exceptions ; Easter, Thanksgiving, and the second Saturday in October). Visiting hours are from 10am-4pm. Handicapped services and assistance is available.
For further information, contact the Museum at:
Walton's Mountain Museum
PO Box 124
Schuyler, VA 22969
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