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

  • January 27, 1848

    On this day in 1848, The East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad was incorporated.  It resulted from a convention in Greeneville in 1847 which became involved in a dispute between railroad and river improvement interests.

  • January 27, 1840

    On this day in 1840, the Tennessee state legislators received Knoxville native Senator Hugh Lawson White's resignation in which he stated categorically that "These instructions [to vote for the sub-treasury bill] I cannot and will not obey."