What the real Walton family ate for Thanksgiving

Television producer and writer Earl Hamner Jr. turned his experiences growing up in rural Virginia during the Great Depression into the hit 1970s television show. The Waltons. Life was hard during those times, but Hamner’s nostalgic stories emphasized the positive, as the family came together to overcome challenges and celebrate important moments together. That included Thanksgiving. In a 1993 interview conducted before the premiere of A Walton Thanksgiving GatheringHamner reflected on his family’s Thanksgiving traditions.

‘The Waltons’ creator Earl Hamner Jr. said Thanksgiving was a big holiday for his family.

Black and white photo of the cast of 'The Waltons' sitting at a table
Cast of ‘The Waltons’ | CBS Photo Archive

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