Nelson County, Virginia
By Tommy Stafford
In a move to keep the memory and legacy of Earl Hamner  alive, the official groundbreaking of Earl’s Meadow took place this past Sunday in Schuyler. That’s the birthplace of Earl Hamner, Jr., the creator of the highly popular 70’s CBS television series, The Waltons.  The show was based on Hamner’s childhood experiences growing up in Schuyler. Earl also wrote many articles and poems in our magazine when we first started back in the mid 2000’s. He died two years ago this month in March of 2016 at the age of 92. 
“We expect the replica to be completed by Fall 2018 and Earl’s Meadow to be completed in 2019.” Ray Castro tells us. He and business partner Carol Johnson are developing the project. They bought the original Hamner family home last year  and have turned it into a museum.
Castro and Johnson purchased the property known as the Giannini house nearby to the old Hamner home. They determined the house was in such bad shape that it was eventually leveled and plans for Earl’s Meadow began.
You can learn more about the plans surrounding Earl’s Meadow and details on another reunion of The Walton’s stars planned this summer in June by heading over to The Waltons Hamner House on Facebook.