The Garden Shed

Over the course of the series, the garden shed served many purposes on the show. Many will remember it as a place where John-Boy would go sleep when company stayed the night and he gave up his bedroom.

In Season 5 of course, it became the office and press room for his newspaper "The Blue Ridge Chronicle". Let's take a look and see how else it was used and who called it home.

In “The Typewriter” (s1-5) John-Boy types a story on a typewriter borrowed from the Baldwin ladies.

While it was still used as a garden shed, Mary Ellen is caught smoking a cigarette with her trouble-making cousin Job in “The Dust Bowl Cousins” (s1-12).

In “The Awakening” (s2-15) John-Boy and Mary Ellen both desire privacy and independence and separately plan to take up residency in the shed.


In “The Shivaree” (s3-19) Young Olivia and her new husband plan to stay in the garden shed which has been fixed up for their honeymoon but poor Bob will spend the night in the woods when the local men nab him and initiate him to an old mountain custom known as a shivaree.

In “The Wingwalker” (s4-7) Bobbie , a wing-walker stays in the shed and she is the object of desire for both John-Boy and Jim-Bob.

Myrtle the goat thinks the roof is a nice place to stay as well.


In “The Loss” (s4-10) Olivia Hill returns for a visit after husband Bob passes away. The children clean up the shed for her stay.

John-Boy works to purchase an old printing press from Mr. Johnson in “The Fledging” (s4-23). When he fails to raise all of the money he believes he has lost his opportunity only to discover that the press has been secretly moved into the shed.

The shed then becomes home to The Blue Ridge Chronicle throughout Season 5 of the series. John-Boy uses it as a second home when he burns the midnight oil on a deadline.

In “The Stray” (s6-2) Josh, a young black runaway, is amazed that he gets to sleep in the shed on his very own bed when he finds himself a guest of the Waltons.

In “Spring Fever” (s6-15) Ben storms out of the boy’s bedroom to sleep in the shed when Jim-Bob won’t stop talking about his date with Ben’s girlfriend.

In “The Ordeal” (s6-19) Jim-Bob moves into the shed in order to free up grandpa’s bed after Elizabeth breaks her legs.

In “The Return” (s6-20) Elizabeth cleans up the shed for John-Boy who returns for a visit.

Boone Walton becomes a ward of Jason and stays in the shed instead of time in jail for bootlegging
in “The Moonshiner” (s7-3).

Rev. Andy March stays in the shed while the parsonage airs out after an encounter with a skunk in “The Yearning” (s7-11). Elizabeth has taken a shining to the young minister and spruces up the shed to make his stay more comfortable.

In “The Obstacle” (s7-14) John-Boy's former college roomate, Mike Paxton, comes to stay with the Walton's after being injured while serving with the merchant marines.

In “The Outsider” (s7-20) Ben brings home Cindy his new wife and they take up residence in the shed where she works to give it a feminine touch.

The new addition to the family causes havoc on the bathroom schedule so Jim-Bob finds some used items at the junkyard.

By Season 8 Ben and Cindy have moved the bedroom to the back of the shed and made the front area into a living room.

The garden shed wasn't just a creation for the TV show. The creator, Earl Hamner, used to go write and get away from his siblings in a large out-building on the edge of his family's property in Schuyler, Virginia. It currently stands today as the Walton's Mountain Country Store.

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