The Washington Post reported:
Hamner’s novel “Spencer’s Mountain,” inspired by his experiences growing up in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains during the Great Depression, was the basis for “The Waltons.” Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said the show became “a piece of Americana.”Lieutenant Governor Bolling is correct ... "The Waltons" is, indeed, a piece of Americana.
The Senate recognized Hamner as the talented Virginian that he is:
The Senate resolution praises Hamner as “a Virginia treasure” and lauds his “immense talent and remarkable achievements.”There are many of us including the Bollings, who have a place at Wintergreen, who are fortunate enough to live in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains of Hamner's childhood, "land of the Waltons."