I have always enjoyed watching The Waltons and decided to create a Waltons site after completing a unit, as part of my Teacher Librarian course, on creating a web page. That was back in November of 1996. I have the honour of being the very first Waltons website on the internet! The reason for my doing the page was mainly because there was no Waltons presence at the time and I thought there should be.
My site was quickly followed by the official Waltons site. Ralph, the creator of that site, and I had been working on such similar projects at the same time but on opposite sides of the world. Amazing. Many more sites have followed and the show is loved by people from all over the world, as my site statistics can testify.
This Waltons Blog came about after another Teacher Librarian course which I took part in during 2008. This one investigated Web 2.0 tools and I decided that it was about time that my involvement with The Waltons incorporated Web 2.0 technology.
My sites have connected me with people from all over the world, many of whom I now count as close friends. I have had the pleasure of meeting Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons, and John McGreevey, writer of so many wonderful Waltons scripts, as well as many of the cast members. My family has visited the Waltons Mountain Museum, where we were simply treated like royalty! For an unknown girl from Melbourne, the internet has allowed me some wonderful and fulfilling experiences.
NOTE: Some people have asked me about the banner on this blog. The photo of the Walton house was taken by me during a visit to the Warner Bros studio in 2007. My family was part of a group visting there as the guests of Earl Hamner. The house was rebuilt after the original set was burnt, and it has been most recently been used as the Dragonfly Inn on The Gilmore Girls. And yes, it does look slightly different to the original set we see in The Waltons.