In the Charlottesville scene, the appearance of a New Deal "Works Progress Administration" sign on the sidewalk places this episode sometime during or after April, 1935, when that government program began. Most other Season 1 Waltons action can be placed in 1933 based on historical context provided in those episodes. See more
[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
Waltons Mountain had been in our family for generations, a silent witness to all the bright and wonderful days I knew as a boy. If mountains remember events then, surely, it must treasure, as I do, the memory of that day during the Depression when my sister, Mary Ellen, got into a fight after school and the events that followed.