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 23, 1745

    Revolutionary war leader John Sevier was born on this day in 1745.  He went on to become the only governor of the short-lived State of Franklin and later the first governor of Tennessee, serving a total of six terms.