The Waltons

Founders' Day

Season 7, Ep 24, Aired 3/22/79
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  • Episode Description
  • The Waltons, Godseys, and Baldwins all seek to prove theirs was the first family to settle on Walton's Mountain. Jason has difficulty completing "Appalachian Portrait," a composition to fulfill his graduation requirements from Kleinberg Conservatory.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Helen Kleeb

    Miss Mamie Baldwin

  • Joe Conley

    Ike Godsey

  • Mary Jackson

    Miss Emily Baldwin

  • Judy Norton

    Mary Ellen Willard

  • Ronnie Claire Edwards

    Corabeth Godsey

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • One of my favorite episodes, nice overview of the meaning of the series.

    By Mac-Ale, Sep 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Opening Narration: In our house all of us had that strong and very personal link with other generations, so that past and present sometimes blended with unexpected results. None of us knew from what ancestral source my brother Jason's love of music had sprung, just that it built up in him until it had to be expressed. As he neared graduation, Jason found himself returning to that source for inspiration, and it was nearly to prove disastrous.

    • Closing Narration: There is something within us that tells us all we will ever know about ourselves. There is a destiny that tells us where we will be born, where we will live, and where we will die. Some men are drawn to oceans, they cannot breathe unless the air's scented with the salty mist. Others are drawn to land that is flat, and the air is sullen and as leaden as August. My people were drawn to mountains, they came when the country was young and they settled in the upland country of Virginia that is still misted with a haze of blue which gives those mountains their name. They endured and they prevailed, through flood and famine, diphtheria and scarlet fever, through drought and forest fire, whooping cough and loneliness, through Indian wars, a Civil War, a World War, and through the great Depression, they endured and they prevailed. In my time I have come to know them... I have walked the land in the footsteps of all my fathers, back in time to where the first one trod, and stopped, saw sky, felt wind, bent to touch mother earth, and called this home. This mountain, this pine and hemlock, oak and poplar, laurel wild and rhododendrum, home and mountain, father, mother, grow to the sons and daughters to walk the old paths, to look back in pride, in honored heritage. To hear its laughter and its song. To grow to stand and be themselves one day remembered. I have walked the land in the footsteps of all my fathers. I saw yesterday and now look to tomorrow.

    Notes (1)

    • At the time this episode was produced, The Waltons had not yet been picked up for an eighth season, so it was written in a way that could serve as the series finalĂ© if the show were to be cancelled.

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