The Waltons

Season 7 Episode 24

Founders' Day

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 1979 on CBS
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Founders' Day
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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.

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  • One of my favorite episodes, nice overview of the meaning of the series.

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    Jason Walton struggles to combine his musical training and his heart in one piece of composition that will satisfy his course requirements.



    I tend to think of this episode as the "real" finale for the Waltons series, a good wrap up of a season that deals with the absence of John Boy who is off to be a writer, the loss of Grandpa (Will Geer had died this year), and the winds of World War II sweeping America into its clutches. The story is fairly simple, long-time musical aspiree Jason is struggling with a composition that suits his professor and conforms to classic style. At the same time, there is some distraction as the Waltons, Baldwins, and Godseys believe that their ancestors were the original settlers to the mountains. But this does set up the Founders Day celebration. What Jason ends up composing is something simpler and from his heart, something his teacher is disappointed in at first, but one that works perfectly for Founder's Day on Waltons Mountain.



    Since this was seen as a possible last episode, Jason's music is accompanied by a narration by Earl Hamner that is pretty moving and sums up the lives of the Walton's and the people that had settled this area of Virginia. As a fan of the series, I thought it worked extremely well.moreless
Dean Jagger

Dean Jagger

Professor Bowen

Guest Star

John Philip Dayton

John Philip Dayton

Music Student

Guest Star

Michael & Marshall Reed

Michael & Marshall Reed

John Curtis

Recurring Role

Hank Stohl

Hank Stohl

Radio Announcer

Recurring Role

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

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  • 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.

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    • 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 finalé if the show were to be cancelled.

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