A Christmas Memory : The Late Earl Hamner (John-Boy) Of Nelson Co, VA : Merry Christmas 2023!

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Photo By Tommy Stafford : In this 2009 photo, the late Earl Hamner, Jr. took to the stage at The Earl Hamner Theater in the Rockfish Valley Community Center of Afton, VA. Some of the cast and crew of a the local production there flank Hamner on each side. He was reading lines from The Homecoming, ,the pilot movie he wrote leading to The Waltons television series. The Hamner Theater eventually closed some years later and became a traveling production company.


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Schuyler, Virginia & Memphis, Tennessee

In what’s become our annual tradition here at BRL, enjoy this special radio interview from the December 2011 (Well over a decade ago!!) Christmas season as Nelson native Earl Hamner, Jr. talks with BRL Publisher Tommy Stafford and Memphis KWAM 990 Radio host, Earle Farrell. Earle continues his radio show to this day. Press the orange play button above and listen for over an hour as Earl reminisces about his career, life in the Virginia Blue Ridge and more.

And be sure to check out one of our favorite recipes for the Christmas season. Applesauce cake made by Earl’s mother. Click here to view that.

Be sure to listen toward the end as Earl reads a special Christmas tribute remarking about the late Will Geer who played Grandpa Walton.

Enjoy & Merry Christmas!
Tommy, Yvette Adam & Peyton

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