Mary McDonough (Erin Walton) Visits Nelson

Photos By Hayley Osborne : ©2011 : Mary McDonough (left) poses with one of her many fans this past weekend in Schuyler, Virginia. Mary played Erin Walton in the long running series, The Waltons. Based loosely on the life of Earl Hamner, Jr. from Schuyler.

Nelson County, Virginia

Fans from near and far descended on Schuyler this past weekend to get a chance to meet Mary McDonough who played Erin Walton in the long running CBS television series, The Waltons.

“I’ll always be a Walton,” said the former child star who is still a prominent actress and now a published author of Lessons from the Mountain: What I learned from Erin Walton. “That’s why I wrote [the book]. There are so many loyal fans and I wanted to share with them all of the lovely memories and the lovely behind-the-scenes antics. And the other reason is the lessons I have learned.”

NCL Photographer, Hayley Osborne and writer, Jennie T Williams, got the chance to speak and photograph Mary when she was back in Schuyler. Mary talked with Jennie about her life on The Waltons and beyond. Hayley got the chance to walk down memory lane with Mary in Schuyler during her photoshoot. Mary was there signing her new book at Waltons’ Mountain County Store.

An endless line of people wait outside Walton's Mountain Country Store in Schuyler, Virginia for a chance to meet Mary McDonough and have her sign her new book, Lessons From The Mountain.
Mary peeks out the upstairs bedroom window of Earl Hamner, Jr's boyhood home in Schuyler, Virginia. The home and his life are the focus of the long running CBS television series.

We’ll share lots more with you about Mary’s visit back to Schuyler and about a new book Earl Hamner just released. All of that in our June 2011 issue coming out late this month!


  1. I thank God for Waltons Mountain I love each and every show we don’t have shows like this any more. Iv’e watched this show my whole life and now enjoying every rerun I will never grow tired of these shows.May God Bless every actor and actress that played on this and Earl Hammer for sharing his life with us.

  2. I’m from the Wolters Schweitz saw as a child and as an adult I bought all the CD and show them my three children now. For me the whole story is engaging. It is the values ​​and the maintenance is mediated schwirigen like right now in these times. I thank you for the good performance.
    Greetings from Zurich Swiss Philipp Marfurt 47


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