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

  • August 11, 1790

    On the President's recommendation and with Senate approval, superintendent William Blount was instructed to inaugurate negotiations to adjust the boundary for white settlers into Indian lands on this day in 1790.  Blount had the authority to offer the Cherokees an annuity of $1,000 in exchange for lands to be ceded.