Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sept 7, 2015
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Sept 7, 2015
  • Closed Nov 11, 2015
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Sept 7, 2015
  • Closed Nov 11, 2015
865-215-8800

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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state.  The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important.

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • July 1, 1909

    Tennessee becomes a dry state on this day  in 1909.  The controversy weakens the Democratic party and the next year a Republican Governor is elected.

  • July 4, 1793

    The first known celebration of Independence Day in Knoxville was on July 4, 1793, before Tennessee was even a state, and just 17 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.  Knoxville was then capital of the federally administered Southwestern Territory.