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tain is simply Schuyler, Virginia. Just south of Charlottesville, this tiny hamlet served
as the real-life inspiration for
the late, great writer Earl Hamner, Jr., who created "The Waltons" TV show (1972-1981),
set in the 1930s and '40s.
In the sunshine, I stand on
It's mid-afternoon on a Mon- the front-porch of the Hamner
day, and I feel at home on home, where a sign on a rocking chair reads, "Good Night,
In reality, Walton's Moun- John-Boy."
tucked-away feel to it, especially in the fall, when you're
driving down through Flat
Rock, where the trees are on
both sides of the road," Fortier says. "And it's just really
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