25 May 2001 Charlottesville, VA area - KOA Campground
The home of Earl Hamner, the original “John-Boy Walton” of the TV show was raised in
I was surprised his house was actually in the tiny town, and not up by itself on the way to Walton’s Mountain. The town had prospered due to a soapstone quarry and works in the town. Earl’s father worked there. There were several old churches. “Ike Godsey’s” store, has now burned down. The school is now made into a community center and museum for the Waltons. Several rooms are made up to appear as the Walton’s home on TV looked. Schuyler, VA.
I watched a video and was amazed at how similar all the Walton kids looked like the real Hamner kids. Earl Hamner helped with the original casting, and even chose Richard Thomas to play himself. Ate next door at the Schuyler Family Restaurant, and enjoyed the lunch and down-home service.
A very modest home for ex-president Monroe back in the early 1800’s. He wasn’t of the new aristocracy as were Washington and Jefferson. The home, slave quarters, and overseer’s house were nicely kept, and maintained by the College of William & Mary. Next on the agenda, driving past Monticello, was a stop at Michie’s Tavern. Built in the late 1700’s as a home, it became a tavern and lodging place for travelers. The tour was different in that it wasn’t a regular home, and included a well, an outhouse or “necessary”, a spring house, curing shed, and grist mill. There is also no lack of souvenirs for the tourists to buy, but I was able to resist these, as my van won’t hold much.
Back at the campground, there was a bustling of activity, as the Memorial Day Weekend has begun. All spots were filled except a couple tent sites. It’s kind of nice to see the kids playing and all the activity. I was happy in my van. It was still raining lightly. For dinner I finished the potato salad left from Walton’s Mt, and the remainder of the asparagus, plus some triscuits (my daughter’s favorite) with Apple Chutney (OK I couldn’t resist buying that). Used the van battery for a half hour of news on the TV and 45 minutes of reading lights. The test will be if the van battery starts in the morning. ??
|Walton Mt Museum at Schuyler|
|"Ike Godsey's Store"|
|"Walton's Living Room"|
|Real and TV "John Boy" Walton / Hamner|
|The real Walton / Hamner home|
|Ash Highlands - home of James Monroe|
|Room at historic Michie's Tavern|