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Nelson : Schuyler : Waltons Cast Return To Roots Where It All Began

[ 0 ] March 26, 2017 |
©2017 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Photo By BRL Photographer Jenn Rhubright : Michael Learned (center) signs an autograph for a fan at the 45th Annual Waltons Reunion held this past weekend in Schuyler, Virginia. Saturday - March 25, 2017.

©2017 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Photo By BRL Photographer Jenn Rhubright : Michael Learned (who played the mom Olivia Walton on the show) signs an autograph for a fan at the 45th Annual Walton’s Reunion held this past weekend in Schuyler, Virginia. Saturday – March 25, 2017.

Schuyler
Nelson County, Virginia

By Tommy Stafford

Just over a year ago on March 24, 2016 Earl Hamner, Jr died. He was the creator of the highly popular TV series The Waltons. The long running show was based on Hamner’s childhood experiences growing up in Schuyler, Virginia during the depression era.

This past weekend many of the surviving cast members of the show and thousands of fans returned to the place that inspired the stories acted out on television in the 1970s and 80s.

Photo by Tommy Stafford : Eric Scott, who played son and brother Ben on The Waltons, poses for a selfie with a fan during the 45th Annual Waltons Reunion on Saturday - March 25, 2017 in Schuyler, Virginia.

Photo by Tommy Stafford : Eric Scott, who played son and brother Ben on The Waltons, poses for a selfie with a fan during the 45th Annual Waltons Reunion on Saturday – March 25, 2017 in Schuyler, Virginia.

The reunion was an idea put together by Ray Castro. He and others recently produced and released a biography on Earl Hamner’s life called Earl Hamner Storyteller. The project was completed and released a few months before Hamner’s death.

“For me, he was kind of like a father figure — he was a mentor,” said Earl’s documentarian, creator of the documentary Earl Hamner Storyteller, and organizer of The Walton’s 45th Anniversary event, Ray Castro.

Photo By Tommy Stafford : Jon Walmsley (in glasses) who played son and brother Jason on The Waltons, pauses for a photo with a fan during the 45 Annual Waltons Reunion in Schuyler, Virginia on Saturday - March 25, 2017.

Photo By Tommy Stafford : Jon Walmsley (in glasses) who played son and brother Jason on The Waltons, pauses for a photo with a fan during the 45 Annual Waltons Reunion in Schuyler, Virginia on Saturday – March 25, 2017.

To see all of the photos from our shoot at the reunion on Saturday, click on our Facebook album above.

To see all of the photos from our shoot at the reunion on Saturday, click on our Facebook album above.

The weekend events at Schuyler ended with a Sunday morning memorial service remembering the late Earl Hamner, Jr.

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