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

  • March 1, 1788

    In August 1787, the state of Franklin legislature, instead of reelecting Sevier to governorship, chose General Evan Shelby, for the term beginning on this day in 1788.

  • March 1, 1793

    William Blount organized Knox and Jefferson counties into a new military and judicial district named Hamilton on this day in 1793.