New Exhibit on Display at Walton's Mountain Museum
John-Boy, Jim-Bob, Mary Ellen, they're names that probably ring a bell to nostalgic television viewers.
On Saturday, hundreds of fans of "The Waltons" made their way to Nelson County where a museum dedicated to the show unveiled a new exhibit.
People traveled from near and far - even from other countries - to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Walton's museum. It was a chance for people to check out the museum's newest exhibit, see the original Walton family home and of course, enjoy a trip down memory lane.
"We enjoy it so much, just every night we'd watch one or two episodes of it and when the whole series was finished we said ‘Now what are we going to do?'" said super-fan Marilyn Wall.
That's when Wall and her husband decided to take a trip to the Walton's museum, all the way from Georgia.
"They have so many great family values present in the series that's why we love them so much," Wall's husband Jim said.
Horse and buggy rides, a home cooked dinner, and live music transported visitors back to central Virginia in the 1930s.
"So many people enjoy just coming back because it reminds them so much of back in time," said Leona Roberts of the Walton's Mountain Museum.
For many fans - it's about more than the entertainment of the television series, but also the family values portrayed by the Waltons.
"Mr. Walton, John Walton, he was gentle with his children and he'd ask a question and sit back and listen to them and so much of today's children need to be heard," Marilyn Wall said.
The museums newest addition is a World War II military exhibit. Roberts says it's a way for guests to see inside the time period the Walton's lived. Hundreds of photographs and pieces of memorabilia line the museum walls.
For Jim Wall, the Waltons museum is more than a look into the life of the Waltons - it's a look back at his own.
"When I see the Walton's kitchen I see my mother's kitchen," Jim Wall said.
If you want to check out the new display or visit the museum it is open daily through December 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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