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

  • October 13, 1870

    Ben W. Hooper, the illegitimate son of Sarah Wade and Dr. Lemuel Washington Hooper, was born on this day in 1870 in Newport, TN.  Hooper later became the 35th governor of Tennessee.