'The Waltons': 10 Facts You Didn't Know
For all the true fans of The Waltons, we've collected some facts about this beloved show, which might be news for you, even if you consider yourself a die-hard fan! Check them out in the following pictures...
Until the middle of the ninth season, Ralph Waite ("John Walton Senior") had actually appeared in every single episode of The Waltons.
The college that "John-Boy Walton" went to is known as 'BoatWright University'. It was based on the University of Richmond.
The time frame in which the series takes places stretches from the spring of 1933 until June of the year 1946. All in all, 221 episodes were shot and broadcast over the years!
The wrap party on the set of The Waltons already started while they were shooting the very last scene of the series:
In the closing scene of the series' final episode, the last remaining Walton's family members and the Godsey's gathered at the Baldwin sisters' mansion for a party. As the sisters thanked their guests for coming, the audience can see that several unnamed guests have joined the crowd - these were actually the show's creator Earl Hamner Jr. and some other long-standing members of the crew!
While shooting the series, Jon Walmsley ("Jason Walton") and Ellen Corby ("Grandma Walton") took a liking to each other. It turns out, that she, who played the grandmother, had never had any real-life grandchildren and he didn't have any grandparents, so they started attending events together and took trips...
The Waltons story is based on Earl Hamner Jr.'s real life family members. Hamner grew up with 7 siblings, each of whom was mirrored in one of the "Walton" character. He also based the characters of The Waltons' grandparents on his grandparents on both his mother's and his father's side.
Earl Hamner went on to create another TV classic: Falcon Crest!