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

  • December 26, 1798

    The "High Court" of Tennessee failed by one vote to convict Tennessee State Circuit Judge David Campbell on this day in 1798.  The Tennessee house had impeached the judge because he had quashed a civil suit brought by the new speaker of the senate, William Blount.

  • December 11, 1959

    A suit filed on this day in 1959 in federal court against the Knoxville Board of Education and others demanded the desegregation of city schools.