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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

  • October 14, 1934

    The 'Last Roundup,' a farewell gathering for residents of Big Valley, was held on this day in 1934 at Loyston School before TVA begins flooding of the basin area to create Norris Lake.

  • October 14, 1844

    Born on this day in 1844 to slave parents, Caldonia “Cal” Johnson goes on to become a prominent business man and serve on the Knoxville Board of Alderman.