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 4, 1853

    On this day in 1853, a record vote was cast in the nomination of candidates for governor, and for several days the decision was in doubt.  The final count revealed that Andrew Johnson received 63,413 votes to his opponent's 61,163, giving him a scant 2,250 majority.