The Virginia Gentleman

“I’m not going to inscribe it. If you want to sell it later it will be more valuable with just my signature,”

he said, his pen poised over the 48 year-old first edition of his first novel, Fifty Roads to Town.

Best known for creating the series The Waltons, Earl Hamner recently passed away.

Like The Waltons, Mommy’s ancestors go back generations into the mountains of Virginia.

Daddy also got signed a few of Earl Hamner’s more recent books, and a Waltons board game.

While i waiting in line, two of Hamner’s sisters talked with me about the board game. They reminisced about the cast members on the box, and said when the game was released everyone in the family received a copy.

This is the story behind some of Daddy’s autographed books. Provenance, is what it’s called.

So one day, when you hold a nearly 100 year-old book and wonder why it just has his name signed, now you know.

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