What the real Walton family ate for Thanksgiving

Television producer and writer Earl Hamner Jr. turned his experiences of growing up in rural Virginia during the Great Depression into the hit 1970s TV show The Waltons. Life was tough at the time, but Hamner’s nostalgic stories highlighted the positive, as the family came together to overcome challenges and celebrate important moments together. That included Thanksgiving. In a 1993 interview prior to the premiere of A Walton Thanksgiving reunionHamner 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
‘The Waltons’ Cast | CBS Photo Archive

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