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Waltons 'house' sold at auction
The home that inspired the popular TV show The Waltons has been sold at auction for $122,000 (73,493).

The two-storey house in Schuyler, Virginia, was lived in by the show's creator and narrator Earl Hamner Jr, and was in his family for a century.

But his youngest brother, James Hamner, who inspired the character Jim Bob, said he was now too ill to maintain it.

The house was bought by nearby resident Pam Rutherford, who said she did not want to see the home torn down.

"There are so many different things that can be done with it," said Ms Rutherford.

But she said the house had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Continued popularity

The house itself became immortalised when Earl Hamner Jr based his Depression-era TV show on a close-knit family similar to his own.

The house used in The Waltons, which ran from 1972-1981, resembled the Hamner house where he grew up.

Once the series ended a number of specials were made, including A Walton Wedding in 1995 and A Walton Easter in 1997, which Hamner Jr continued to co-write.

Regular repeats of the original series have ensured the gentle family drama has remained popular.

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