A museum in Virginia is dedicated to all things Waltons

It’s right across the street from the real Walton's house!

Image: The Everett Collection

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains sits the small town of Schuyler, Virginia (pronounced SKY-lur). It is best known as the childhood home of writer Earl Hamner Jr. who created The Waltons and used many of his experiences there as the basis for the show.

There is now a museum in Schuyler devoted to The Waltons that is located right across the street from Earl Hamner Jr.’s real childhood home. It’s actually in the building where Hamner went to elementary and high school!

The museum features replicas of each room in the Walton house. Familiar items are the “Boatwright University” pennant on John-Boy’s bedroom wall and the big wooden radio in the living room. There’s even a camera and dolly that were used to film 182 Waltons episodes, so you can pretend you’re on the real set.

A genuine moonshining still was seized by local authorities and given to the museum. It’s displayed alongside information about the Baldwin sisters and their famous (and accidentally illegal) recipe.

Who remembers the classic season five episode "The Pony Cart"? It starred Beulah Bondi (best known for playing Jimmy Stewart’s mom in both Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life) as Aunt Martha Corrine, who roils up the family when she comes for an extended visit. The actual cart that Aunt Martha and Ben redecorate in the episode is on display at the museum.

The Walton’s Mountain Museum is a must-visit for any diehard fan. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop, reminiscent of a general store and post office like the one run by Ike Godsey in the show.

If you mail a postcard from the museum, the real post office next door will stamp it with Walton’s Mountain, Virginia.

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DonBolyard 3 days ago
Love the museum and John and Olivia's. I have been fortunate enough to have met Michael, Judy, Eric, Mary, Kami, and Jon. They are so down to earth and treat you like they have know them for years. I will have the privilege of staying at John and Olivia's on this coming Memorial Day and will be meeting and having breakfast with Tami Bula who played Marcia Woolery.
Dolly 4 days ago
I've been there and have fond memories of the visit. I'm so glad you have it now on METV In fact I did a blog post about the visit here:
https://www.hibiscushouseblog.com/2012/02/our-trip-up-waltons-mountain.html
Coraline 11 days ago
Here is the address & website link if anyone is interested. They are closed for the winter but will reopen March 7.

6484 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA 22969

http://walton-mountain.org/
Dolly Coraline 4 days ago
Thanks for the info. I just updated my blog with your address and opening.
Coraline Dolly 4 days ago
You are welcome.
rsgentry 11 days ago
My wife & I made an impromptu visit back in October 2019 and was totally amazed to be there for the grand opening of John & Olivia's Bed & Breakfast located directly across from the museum as well as, 5 of the Waltons cast members was on hand to meet & greet us; Judy Norton (Mary Ellen), Eric Scott (Ben Walton), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth), Mary McDonough (Erin), & Jon Walmsley (Jason Walton). It was incredible, we found each one as warm & delightful as you would expect. Growing up on the Waltons & then getting to meat them and hang out all day was a dream come true!
Dolly rsgentry 4 days ago
That is wonderful! I'm so glad you both got to enjoy that! I hope to meet some of them one day.
harlow1313 12 days ago
Well, it was between a trip to the Louvre Museum or The Waltons Museum.

I'm going with the Waltons. I sure hope I made the right choice...
Gary harlow1313 12 days ago
Good choice...thats what I'd do
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