Photos By Tommy Stafford : ©2009 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Mr. & Mrs. Paul Saunders (left) chat it up with Nelson County native, Earl Hamner, Jr. Thursday night during his homecoming at The Hamner Theater in Afton. : Click any photos to enlarge.
Nelson County, Virginia
Earl Hamner, Jr. best known as the creator of The Waltons television series on CBS returned home last night to his native Nelson County. Hamner was born on July 10, 1923 in Schuyler, Virginia. Earl turned 86 this past July. The Waltons was based loosely on his childhood experiences growing up here in Schuyler. (Waltons Mountain in the series)
Jeff & Tam Stone, owners of Wintergreen Winery, along with their daughters, greet Earl at the theater. Wintergreen provided wine for the reception. (BTW) Earl's favorite of all wines is Wintergreen's Black Rock Chardonnay
Earl took to the stage in the theater to read lines the 2009 Homecoming cast. Hamner wrote the story which eventually led to The Waltons television series.
Thursday night Earl returned to
The Hamner Theater, which was named in his honor. Earl visited with fans first, then read lines from The Homecoming (the pilot that inspired The Waltons television series.) to a sold out crowd.
Yep. Junior Publisher, Adam Stafford, got the chance to meet Earl!
Earl autographs a book for a fan at Thursday night's reception.
A fan stands in line clutching a book for an autograph Thursday night at The Hamner Theater.
Earl will be making several other stops in the nearby vicinity as part of appearance coordinated by his international fan club based in South Carolina.
Previous coverage on Earl Hamner and The Hamner Theater by clicking here.