The Walton Legacy

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Go to Schuyler, Virginia, to tour the actual place and meet the real people who inspired the beloved television series, The Waltons, which aired on CBS for nine seasons and earned 11 Emmy Awards.
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Video Format: Standard
Run Time: Approx. 1 hour

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Writer Earl Hamner, the creator of The Waltons, reveals the touching and humorous stories about his real parents, and his seven brothers and sisters, whom the series was based on. Meet them and other members of Schuyler in The Walton Legacy, an award-winning documentary previously seen on public television.

 Plus hear what the set of The Waltons was like from cast members, including Michael Learned (“Olivia”), Jon Walmsley (“Jason”), Mary McDonough (“Erin”), Kami Cotler (“Elizabeth”) and more. And find out how the addition of a soapstone plant in a tiny hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia helped define a sense of harmony and community there. How did these small-town values broadcast via a television show set during the Depression transcend time and place to resonate with a Vietnam-era audience?

Earl Hamner left the small town of Schuyler to become a writer, eventually settling in Hollywood. But he never forgot the place where he grew up. Hear how he used the values of the town and his parents in his novel- and television-writing, even including them in episodes of The Twilight Zone! Plus meet the rest of the Hamner family and hear the actual stories of their childhood that inspired The Waltons.

Bonus! Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show with the creator and cast members in a 20-minute special feature!

 Product Features:

  • Meet the creator of The Waltons and the family that inspired the show
  • Catch up with the cast members, including Michael Learned (“Olivia”), Jon Walmsley (“Jason”), Mary McDonough (“Erin”), Kami Cotler (“Elizabeth”) and more!
  • See pictures and footage of the people and places The Waltons is based on
  • Learn the behind-the-scenes stories from the creator and the actors, and find out what made The Waltons a success
  • Bonus! Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show with the creator and cast members in a 20-minute special feature!