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. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • September 21, 1906

    On this day in 1906, just before 8:00 a.m., a carload of dynamite explodes in Jellico, killing  9 people and  injuring 200.

  • September 21, 1807

    On this day in 1807, Kingston, Tennessee became the capital of Tennessee for one day. The Cherokee had been promised that if they ceded land in Roane County, the state capital would be moved there.  Having fulfilled this promise, the Tennessee General Assembly moved their meeting and the capital back to Knoxville the next day.