Nelson’s Earl Hamner, Jr. Turns 91


Click on the magazine image above to read Woody Greenberg’s story on Earl turning 91 in our July 2014 issue.

Nelson County, Virginia
By Tommy Stafford

Almost 10 years ago I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting one of the nicest people on this planet. Earl Hamner, Jr. At the time a theater was being established in his name back here in Afton. I was floored when he personally returned my phone call from his cell while he was out shopping for groceries. He was a young early 80’s man back then! Since that first meeting we have become friends, shared stories of Nelson and talk on occasion. He takes BRLM by mail each month and will leave a message on our voice mail every now and then, remarking about how beautiful this county still is decades after his leaving and eventually settling in California. In the early years of our then Nelson County Life Magazine, Earl wrote a regular column.

Earl during a 2005 visit with Tommy & Yvette Stafford at the NCL office in Greenfield.
Earl during a 2005 visit with publishers Tommy & Yvette Stafford at the then NCL office in Greenfield/ Afton. We’d been talking to Earl for months by phone and he dropped in to meet us when he was back in Nelson.

Earl was born in Nelson County way back on July 10th, 1923. Up until recently he still drove to the grocery out in California, and he still keeps a pretty busy schedule writing and making occasional appearances. Though he admits, much slower these days!

In the near future a documentary will be released on his life, Storyteller. He was back in Nelson in the spring of 2014 while crews shot in his hometown of Schuyler.

We are honored and humbled to know Earl on a personal level. We never tire of hearing his stories and on this his 91st birthday, we wish him, his family and all that have followed him throughout his entire career the best!

Happy 91st Earl from all of us back here in Nelson County, Virginia!


  1. I was there in the spring when they shot the documentary. Is there going to be a DVD also? Or is it just the write up in the magazine. It was such a privilege to meet Mr. Hamner in the spring. Would love to get a copy of the magazine and or the
    dvd…..Thank you

  2. Hi Carol, The last we heard they were looking for a network that would eventually air the documentary once completed. Which could still be a few months out. Though we don’t know for sure, I’d be pretty confident it will be available on DVD, for sure after it airs.



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