Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
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 January 20
  • Closed February 17
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed January 20
  • Closed February 17
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

  • January 29, 1789

    On this day in 1789, James Robertson, an early explorer with Daniel Boone, wrote to Spanish governor Don Estevan Miro from "Miro District," a district in Tennessee named after the governor, and said that he was "happy to hear that trade is in some measure opened [with Spain]."

  • January 29, 1760

    On this day in 1760, Landon Carter was born.  He moved to Hawkins County in 1770 and after serving in the Revolutionary War held several territorial government positions.  Carter County, created in 1796, was named in his honor and the county seat, Elizabethton, was named for his wife.