Grandpa Zeb (Will Greer) has died and everyone is mourning. Neighbor Flossie Brimmer has also died. Mary Ellen and Erin move to Charlottesville into an apartment to be on their own. John tries to get a large lumber contract.
Verdie Foster's daughter Esther returns to the mountain. Graduated with honors from college, she cannot find a job. Erin helps her get a job at Pickets Plant. Ike Godsey puts up a board of the local boys in the war.
Ben starts an autocourt venture with Corabeth. Then they find out the government stops all new constructions. Ben comes up with a clever plan to use old cabins. Meanwhile, Yancy takes a mail course to become a barber.
John-Boy asks his family to help Mike Paxton, a friend who was recently handicapped. They show him being in a wheelchair is not the end of his life and show him how to adjust. Erin helps him get a job at Pickets.
Ben has a new camera. Erin walks in the room with shorts and cute top. She poses coyly, and he takes a picture. The picture becomes a pin-up for the soldiers at Camp Lee. Since losing Curt, Mary Ellen is overly protective of John Curtis.
Ashley Longworth returns to Emily Baldwin. Ashley Longworth Jr, that is. Miss Emily blends her beau with Ashley Jr and sometimes loses reality. Erin and Ashley begin a relationship. Elizabeth wonders if she should wear a bra.
An old girlfriend of John Walton buys the Drew Drop Inn where Jason works. John stops at the Drew Drop and re-meets her. She still has feelings for him, but he still loves his wife. Ike Godsey opens a canteen for the soldiers.
Jim-Bob finds out he is not eligible to fly in the Air Corps due to bad vision. He realizes he can join to work on the planes even if he cannot fly them. Mary Ellen has doubts about starting to go out again.
The town prepares for a Founder's Day Celebration. Who settled there first? The Baldwins, the Waltons, or the Godseys? Jason has to prepare a piece of music for graduating from the Kleinberg Conservatory.