Happy Birthday : Nelson’s Earl Hamner : 88 Today!

©2011 www.nelsoncountylfe.com : Earl Hamner during a visit with us here at NCL a few years ago.

Studio City, California

Today marks 88 years that Nelson’s native son, Earl Hamner has been on this earth. Ironically it’s the wedding anniversary of Tommy & Yvette Stafford too! A great day! Earl Hamner, Jr. was born on July 10, 1923 in Schuyler, Virginia.

Earl is best known for creating the long running series, The Waltons on CBS. Though he has a very long list of other career accomplishments spanning his entire life. Just within the past few weeks it was announced that Earl will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia.

Via earlhamner.com: Nelson County native Earl Hamner, writer of novels, television shows, and movies and the force behind the semiautobiographical television series The Waltons, will receive the 2011 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia at the 14th Annual Literary Awards Celebration on October 15, 2011.

You’ve seen some of the columns in our NCL magazine over the years that Earl has written. We continue to stay in touch with him to this day. We talk by phone at least every month or so just to see what’s happening on each side of the country. For decades Earl has been living out west in Studio City, California. Though he still thinks of his birthplace, Schuyler, as his home.

©2009 NCL Magazine : Nelson County, Virginia native, Earl Hamner, Jr. turns 86 years old today. He was born on this date back in 1923 in Schuyler. Here he sits on the steps of his old home place back in Schuyler.

Happy Birthday Earl from all of back here in Nelson!

Our previous birthday coverage here. And here. And here.

Te read more about Earl visit his blog here.


  1. Happy Birthday, Earl. Dang, we’re getting old. Happy Anniversary Tommy and Yvette…. guys, keep up the good work and beat the odds by staying married a LONG time. A wonderful day to all….

    Homer Barnswallow
    Nelson County

  2. Happy Birthday Earl. Thank you for giving us the Waltons. I watch them daily. They are on 3 different station and I go between them. I am 73. I grew up in a time just shortly behind you. How I long for the good old days. How I wish today’s families were more like the Walton’s. I know you did not put the whole truth in but you put the best parts and the cast of the Walton’s played it well. Thank you again. Good, clean, decent movie when we need good, clean, decent movies.


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