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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 19, 1882

    Joseph Mabry, Jr. and his father were killed in a gunfight on this day in 1882 on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.  The shocking event is immortalized in Mark Twain's Life on The Mississippi.

  • October 19, 1819

    Southern and Western Theological Seminary was officially opened in Maryville on this day in 1819.  The Presbyterian school eventually becomes Maryville College.