The Walton Museum, Schuyler, Virginia

The Walton Museum

Schuyler Virginia, nestled in the Blueridge Mountains was named for Schuyler George Walker and became back in the late 1800s a booming town of 7000 and industrial center of stone cutting which was badly hurt during the Depression and never recovered. The native soap stone was milled into flat table tops for labs, hospitals, fireplaces, sinks etc. Today the town is only 2000 even though the plant is still open, the hospital, theaters, jewelry store, movie theaters and nine general merchandise stores are long gone.

Schuyler's claim to fame is the Walton Museum. Earl Hamner the creator of "The Waltons" grew up here as a boy. "The Waltons" was a TV produced series which ran for 9 seasons and centered around a rural family and takes place sometime between the Great Depression and World War 2 under the presidencies of Eisenhower and Truman.

Based on the book "The Homecoming" the story is about John Walton Jr. or John-Boy and his 7 siblings and parents. The time frame takes us through the of adulthood, marriages and the boys enlisting and going to War etc. The signature scene at the close of each episode is the family saying goodnight one to another as each bedroom light goes out. The series won many accolades including the Prime-time Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.


SCHUYLER, Virginia - November 11, 2018 - Well, Caroline did it again. She pulled off another big surprise that made me very, very happy. The first one was on our honeymoon two years ago when she stunned me with a visit to the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, and now today, this a visit to the Walton Museum in Virginia. I have the best wife!

We very much enjoyed seeing the exhibits, which were recreations of the sets from the television show. An added bonus was an American military exhibit, which was appropriate, since it was Veteran's Day.