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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

  • March 3, 1828

    The Atlas, the first steamboat to successfully complete the trek from Muscle Shoals, arrives in Knoxville on this day in 1828.

  • March 3, 1862

    On this day in 1862, after the Union occupation of Nashville, President Lincoln appointed Andrew Johnson as military governor. Many Confederates consider him a traitor to the state.