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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

  • June 19, 1540

    On this day in 1540, the Creek Indians staying with De Soto's men at Chiaha, a town located near present-day Chattanooga, ran away, abandoning their town, because De Soto had "asked for women."