Nelson County’s Schuyler has been a must-visit for nature-lovers, history buffs, and fans of “The Waltons” television show. The Schuyler Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and there’s a lot of interesting things to learn, see, and do in the former company town. “The Waltons” certainly put Schuyler on the map with Earl Hamner Jr’s retelling of a large, rural family’s experiences during the Great Depression.
Those who travel to Schuyler are encouraged to visit The Walton’s Mountain Museum, The Hamner House, and the newest addition to “The Waltons” empire- John and Olivia’s B&B.
Schuyler’s forests bloom in the springtime; the rural roadways make for a gorgeous spring drive. If you’re traveling through Schuyler or want to plan a full day, start with The Walton’s Mountain Museum. The museum itself is in Hamner’s boyhood school. Displays include replicas of “The Walton’s” sets, hundreds of memorabilia items, and photographs. Grab a souvenir or five at Ike’s Market & Deli, which serves as the museum’s gift shop. Next, check out Walton Hamner House, located across from the museum. Join the guided tour inside John-Boy Walton’s childhood home. The house has been listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register since 2004.
Many visitors to Nelson decide to visit one of the county’s nearby wineries. Delfosse Vineyards and Winery offers blends and creative wines, all on the picturesque property. If you’re lucky, you’ll arrive on one of Delfosse’s “Crepe Days.” Guests can delight at a selection of homemade savory or sweet crepes paired with Delfosse wine! Another Nelson winery, Brent Manor Vineyards, produces both New- and Old-World Portuguese wines.