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

  • May 14, 1785

    On this day in 1785, Governor Sevier replied to the manifesto issued by North Carolina governor Martin with a proclamation.  It enjoined the people to be loyal to the state of Franklin.