Schuyler is a small town of 400. The Hamner home is right across the street from the Walton Museum. Just a very short distance from the museum is the church the Hamner family attended. It's nestled in the side of a gentle hill there in the Piedmont area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a very pleasant drive from Charlottesville. There is also a restaurant in town, that seats 50 people.
We visited Charlotteville in 1999 for a three day-weekend. One of our day-trips included a visit to Schuyler. This is where Earl Hamner the author and creator of the show "The Waltons" was born and lived during his youth. This picture is of the Hamner family home. Jim Bob lived in the home until his death , April 1, 2004.
Many of the homes in this area have this type of architecture.
The Schuyler Elementary School has been converted to Walton's Mountain Museum. The museum is housed in the Schuyler Community Center.
The museum includes reproductions of John Boy's bedroom, the kitchen and the family living room.
The museum is open the first Saturday in March to the last Sunday in November. The hours are ten to four. Closed Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving and the second Saturday in October.
This was a row of workshops and homes where the slaves made the equipment and supplies for the main house that were either too dangrous, too noisy or too smelly to have under or near the main house
The dependancies assured the smooth running of Monticello and were found both under the house and the verandas. They included the kitchen, the wine cellar and many others including the sleeping quarters of those slaves that worked in them. I am classifying them as "off-the-beaten-track" as they are not included in the house tour and your have to seek them out on your own.
The picture is of the cook's room. Her whole family would have shared this small room with her.
The rooms and storage areas that run under the house and the porch are lit only by windows like this. The rooms where people lived only had doors, so in the winter they would be very dark indeed.
I'd recommend taking the bus up to the house from the parking lot, but walking down.
This was a unique tree wrapped around a tree on that path.
This is located at the far end of the kitchen garden and down a small hill. It is on the path back to the visitor center and parking lot.
There was a pulley arrangment on either side of the fireplace in the Dining Room that would allow wine to be transported from the cellar to the table:)
hey our old friend Sam -Walmart-Walton is really going gangbusters now that martha stewart and her k-mart cronies are going up the river. Now I'll have to look to Sam for my McMonticello furnishings.