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

  • January 19, 1861

    On this day in 1861, the same day that Florida, Alabama, and Georgia joined Mississippi and South Carolina  in secession, the Tennessee General Assembly approved election of delegates for a secession convention.

  • January 19, 1946

    On this day in 1946, Dolly Parton, the fourth of twelve children, was born in Sevier County.