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

  • September 18, 1868

    On this day in 1868, the University of the South, also known as Sewanee, opened.  Still in operation, the university is home of one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, a School of Letters, and a seminary of the Episcopal Church.