The Waltons TV series tells the story of a family living in Walton’s Mountain in the Virginia countryside during the Depression and World War II. The show is based on a book by Earl Hammer, Jr. titled Spencer’s Mountain and a film of the same name. The series ran for nine seasons from 1972 till 1981.
The story depicts the life of the Walton family consisting of John and Olivia Walton (parents) their seven children and John’s parents. The father makes his living by operating a lumber mill helped by his sons and his father. In order to provide for his family he supplements his income by doing some farming and hunting.
Although the family has little and it is a struggle just to get by, they are willing to share with relatives or friends who may stop by the house.
The small community surrounding the Walton home has residents with various occupations and incomes. Two elderly Baldwin sisters make moonshine they call “Papa’s recipe”. Maude is an eighty something artist who paints on wood. Flossie Brimmer is a friendly widow who runs a boarding house and is full of gossip.
There is also a handyman, Yancy Tucker, who never has the motivation to bring his plans to reality. Ike Godsey owns the general store and runs the post office. His wife is Corabeth and she is a Walton cousin. The sheriff in the Walton’s Mountain community is Ep Bridges
The Walton’s oldest son is John, Jr. known to most everyone as John-Boy. Most shows open with his voice telling about the events to be portrayed in the coming story. When John-Boy finishes school he becomes a journalist and novelist in New York. During World War II all the Walton boys enlist in the military.
Other boys in the family were Jason, Benjamin, James Robert or Jim-Bob, and the girls were Mary Ellen, Erin and Elizabeth
At the close of most episodes the house appears with a few lights in bedroom windows. The family calls goodnight to one another as each bedroom light is turned off.
Later in the series Mary Ellen and Benjamin get married and begin having their own families. In later television movie sequels Erin, Jason and John-Boy are also married.
Between 1982 and 1997 six feature length sequels aired based the series. In 1997 the last sequel was made titled “A Walton Easter”.