Back when ``The Waltons' was high in the Neilsen ratings, two or three busloads of tourists would roll in every day to see the true-life versions of John-Boy's house and Ike Godsey's Store and other fictionalized Walton's Mountain landmarks.
There was never an Ike Godsey's Store, of course, but its inspiration - Luke Snead's Store - did a brisk business. Strangers would march right up past the hydrangea bushes and knock on the ``Waltons' front door.
``My mother used to invite tourists in,' recalled Earl Hamner. ``She kept a guest book that eventually had 4,000 names in it. She would even serve tea. But some tourists started stealing flower pots so she had to stop. I think she had some large tea bills, too.'
Luke Snead's Store burned down. Harry Hamilton, who helps his son and daughter-in-law operate its replacement, said a good day now brings in two or three tourist cars.
Post by patriciaanne on May 31, 2021 12:50:47 GMT -5
I believe many local Schuyler names found their way into The Waltons. I know that when I went to the museum, I was looking at pictures of people who had graduated from the school. I recognized many names as Waltons characters. Of course I can't remember them now. 🙄 But I think one of them was Verdie.