It seemed to Greenberg that a Waltons themed museum might provide little Schuyler with enough income to keep a community center running. The New York transplant approached the Hamners. Earl and Jim thought it was a great idea.
the model for Ike Godsey ran a real life country store. Neighbors who became the fictional Baldwin sisters concocted moonshine that became "the recipe."
One day Earl Hamner's mother mentioned all those visitors to Woody Greenberg, a reporter for the Nelson County Times. They kept coming even after Doris Hamner died, and after the show went off the air in 1981.
Earl Hamner has responded by yanking his belongings out of the museum, and helping to plan another 20 miles away in Lovingston, the Nelson County seat.
Then, a little more than 10 years ago, the county shut down the Schuyler school. Greenberg was a county supervisor by then, and cast about for ways to turn the building into a community center. He recalled Doris Ham ner's stories.
Alas, the seeds of discord were sown then, too. Some townspeople felt that Earl Hamner hadn't done as much as he might have. And some found Hamner too controlling, too insistent that the community center's board which oversaw the museum do things his way.
Feud Rages On Walton's Mountain
people who lived here, and maybe left for a while, and came back. Then there are those who come here from some other place, and seem to feel the need to teach the natives how to do things."
The pilgrims started arriving before the first season ended.
Hamner's younger brother, the real life Jim Bob, has been booted off the board of a community center and museum that pays tribute to the series.
Earl Hamner blames "a small group of outsiders" for the town's pain. "Most of the people in Schuyler are good people, and fair people," he said from his home in Studio City, Calif. "And that's why I grieve for the people there, as well as for my family."
But the faithful find the real life Walton's Mountain an unfamiliar place these days: Schuyler is in the grip of a most unwholesome feud.
Dozens of townsfolk pitched in to build it. Robert Brent Hall, an interior designer, remade classrooms into approximations of the Waltons' kitchen and living room, John Boy's room, Ike Godsey's store. Hamner donated $10,000,along with his papers, knicknacks, and an Emmy.
"Everybody who lived there knew those stories were more fiction than fact," said Robert Brent Hall, a Schuyler native and the museum's curator. "The family members have taken on the persona of being the Waltons. And they are not the Waltons."
Earl Jr. left home, served in World War II, and later, in New York, wrote "Spencer's Mountain," a novel modeled on his boyhood. By the time it was made into a 1963 Henry Fonda movie, Hamner had written "The Homecoming," a prequel to the earlier book. It was recast Nike Lebron Soldier Ix Sneaker as a made for TV movie in 1971,and struck such a chord with Nike Metcon Lava
When the Walton's Mountain Museum opened, in October 1992, 6,000 people crowded into Schuyler. All the cast but Richard Thomas turned out. It was a day that folks in town still talk about with happy awe.
Everyone agrees that 30,000 plus tourists would not venture to Schuyler each year were it not for Earl Hamner.
The town, and even families, are divided over how it all started, and whether Schuyler can survive without the family that put it on the map.
viewers that CBS tapped Hamner for a series. "The Waltons" was born.
On its face, the controversy grew from a letter Jim Hamner wrote last spring.
Valda Mulkey, the museum's former director, sees newcomers as the trouble, too. "There are the people who've always lived here," she said. "There are the Nike Zoom Basketball 2017
Earl Hamner Sr., the real life John Walton, worked in the quarry. He and his wife, Doris the real life Olivia lived with their eight children in the town's center.
Others see the split as the Hamners' doing and say the town was forced to kowtow for years to its famous family, and reached a point where it could do so no longer.
True, the museum wouldn't exist had Hamner not toiled for years on his books and screenplays. And yes, his memorabilia gave it a stamp of authenticity it would otherwise lack. But still.
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