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Subject: Walton's Mountain/Earl Hamner Jr.
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 8:30 PM ET
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Today I visted the Walton's Mountain Museum in Schuyler, VA.  Of course that sparked an interest in reading some of Earl Hamner's works. I didn't purchase any from "Ike Godsey's Store," because I just figured once I got home I'd pop onto good ol' PBS and place a request.  Before I do, I'd love to hear some comments regarding his works from a reader. Anyone?

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:22 PM ET
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Sorry I don't have any information for you, Pat, but I am going to follow this thread because I'm also interested in what others have to say.  And how was the museum?

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:23 PM ET
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Kristen, the museum was different from any I had ever visited before. It is in an old school house that now doubles as the community center and museum.  Rooms from the TV show, John Boy's bedroom, the kitchen, and living room have been recreated as well as Ike Godsey's Store (and gift shop). The walls are covered with pictures and newspaper clippings of the Hamner family and their TV counterparts as well as the history of the area and it's people.   There is even a room devoted to the Balwin sisters' infamous "recipe."  Nearby a replica of the orginial Hamner family home is currently under construction and looks like it should be completed shortly.  It's definitely off the beaten path but well worth it.

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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:58 PM ET
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I enjoyed reading Spencer's Mountain and also loved the movie starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara.   The Walton series was based on this book.  I found it more realistic and not as sappy as the Walton's.


The museum sounds interesting.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 11:19 PM ET
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I read the book a long time ago, and remember enjoying it.  I also liked the original movie.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 12:38 AM ET
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I'll have to watch for Spencer's Mountain to come up on AMC or TCM - I didn't know it was the movie the Waltons was based on.

The tv show is sappy but I still enjoy watching it.  I'd love to go check out the museum some day.


Date Posted: 9/2/2008 6:00 PM ET
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Spencer's Mountain was a great book and I really recommend it. I didn't know there was a movie, but I'm going to look for it, too.  I always loved the tv show The Waltons, but it was definitely more sugar coated than the original book.

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 7:44 AM ET
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BTW, I think the museum is also near a reaaly great nursery, Edible Landscaping

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 2:59 PM ET
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I really liked the Waltons' tv show.  The sap and innocence was part of the appeal.  Most of my many siblings liked it, too.  I guess we identified with it since there are 8 of us.  Last summer, one of my sisters and I made a concoction similar to the  Hot Apple Pie drink and called it The Sisters' Recipe in honor of the Baldwin Sisters. We sat on the porch and sipped it from dainty tea cups.

I've never read Spencer's Mountain, but I bet I'd enjoy it.

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