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

  • May 8, 1772

    The compact, the constitution created by settlers in the Watauga area, was signed on this day  in 1772. The compact has since been lost, but the government was described in a petition the Wataugans sent to North Carolina in 1776.