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The Awakening Land 

Frontierswoman Sayward Luckett's struggles in Ohio during the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.

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Complete series cast summary:
Elizabeth Montgomery ...  Sayward Luckett Wheeler 3 episodes, 1978
Hal Holbrook ...  Portius Wheeler - The Solitary 3 episodes, 1978
Jane Seymour ...  Genny Luckett 3 episodes, 1978
Steven Keats Steven Keats ...  Jake Tench 3 episodes, 1978
Tony Mockus Jr. Tony Mockus Jr. ...  Worth Luckett 3 episodes, 1978
William H. Macy ...  Will Beagle 3 episodes, 1978
Chelcie Ross ...  Billy Harbison 3 episodes, 1978
Dorrie Kavanaugh Dorrie Kavanaugh ...  Mistress Bartram / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Derin Altay Derin Altay ...  Achsa Luckett 2 episodes, 1978
Bert Remsen ...  Isaac Barker 2 episodes, 1978
Charles Tyner ...  Reverend Hutchins 2 episodes, 1978
Sean Frye ...  Resolve Wheeler 2 episodes, 1978
Johnny Timko Johnny Timko ...  Kinzie Wheeler 2 episodes, 1978
Barney McFadden Barney McFadden ...  Louie Scurrah 2 episodes, 1978
Pia Romans Pia Romans ...  Huldah Wheeler 2 episodes, 1978
Sonja Lanzener Sonja Lanzener ...  Annie McFall 2 episodes, 1978
Art Kassul Art Kassul ...  George Roebuck 2 episodes, 1978
Bernie Kuby Bernie Kuby ...  Mathias Cottle 2 episodes, 1978
Ann Eggert Ann Eggert ...  Mary Harbison 2 episodes, 1978
Louis Plante ...  Zephon Brown 2 episodes, 1978
Sandra Wheeler Sandra Wheeler ...  Cora Barker 2 episodes, 1978
Wally Engelhardt Wally Engelhardt ...  Jim McFall 2 episodes, 1978
Olesley Cole Olesley Cole ...  Moses 2 episodes, 1978
Timothy Carhart ...  First Peddler / ... 2 episodes, 1978


Frontierswoman Sayward Luckett's struggles in Ohio during the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.

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Release Date:

19 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Awakening Land See more »

Filming Locations:

New Salem, Illinois, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though the fictional story of the settlement of the Ohio territory, the miniseries was filmed at the site of the frontier town where the young Abraham Lincoln matured and studied to be a lawyer, New Salem, Illinois. The cabin that Sayward and Portius Wheeler lived in is the recreation of the cabin where Ann Rutledge lived, the woman that Abe Lincoln courted while he lived in New Salem. Hal Holbrook played President Lincoln in two separate television projects. See more »


In the scene where little Rosa Tench is walking along the river bank, you can see an abandoned automobile tire lying in the mud. The movie was supposed to be set in the 1800s. See more »

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Wonderful film...would love to see it back on TV.
7 January 2006 | by golightly368See all my reviews

In vain, I keep checking to see if someone has had the intelligence to put this out on DVD......I would buy it in record time. I absolutely love this movie and am right now in the process of re-reading the books (The Trees, The Fields and The Town) for the 5th time...and will probably re-read them every two years or so - that's how good they are. The miniseries pretty much echoed the books and was a real treat. I can't believe I missed it when it was telecast again the early 90's. Elizabeth Montgomery was wonderful - completely believable as Sayward and made me a fan of hers for her all too short life. I come from "the hills of Pennsylvania" which I used to "run" as a child so felt a connection.

Holly Michaels

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