Links and Other Info
I've sifted through several websites about The Waltons and have listed what I think are the best ones below.
The Friends of the Waltons is a division of the Walton's Mountain Museum. Members get a quarterly newsletter, free admission to
the museum, and a 10% discount on all purchases from the museum store or by mail-order. Annual memberships are $15 per
individual or $25 per family. Contact:
Friends of the Waltons
The Walton's Mountain Museum
P.O. Box 124
Schuyler, VA 22969
Started in 1992, at the dedication of the Walton's Mountain Museum, the International Fan Club publishes a quarterly newsletter and holds an
annual reunion. Dues are $20 (U.S.) per year. Contact:
Carolyn Grinnell, President
The Waltons International Fan Club
P.O. Box 1055
Kernersville, NC 27285
Started in England in 1990, the WFS was reorganized in 1992 by Ray Knight and
Irene Porter. The society publishes a quarterly newspaper and
subscriptions are $20 (U.S.) per year. Contact:
Irene Porter, Waltons Friendship Society
Riding Gate House, Riding Gate
(Earl Hamner & Ralph Giffin, 2002, paperback, 221 pages, $14.95)
To my knowledge (and surprise), I believe this is the only book ever written about the television series, The Waltons.
Authored by Walton's creator, Earl Hamner, the first 64 pages describe Earl Hamner's life, including his upbringing in Schuyler,
the production of the film Spencer's Mountain, his career as a Los Angeles TV writer in the 1960s, the TV movie The
Homecoming, and the series The Waltons. The next 126 pages describe each of the 221 episodes of The Waltons
and include occasional comments from the cast, directors, writers, and fans. The last 20 pages describe the Waltons Mountain Museum and
lists resources and cast members.
It's a good book, but I wish Earl had spent more time describing his upbringing in Schuyler and his family, which interests me, and less
time describing what actually happened in each episode. I'd especially like to know how much truth there was behind each
episode. Also, there are a few typos. Nevertheless, it's interesting and well-worth the price if you're a Waltons fan.
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