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

  • January 20, 1926

    On this day in 1926, actress Patricia Neal was born and her family soon moved to Knoxville.  The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville is named in honor of the famous actress.