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

  • January 24, 1850

    On this day in 1850, Mary Noailles Murfree was born in Rutherford County, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.  Murfree became a popular local color writer of the 19th century, with works like In the Tennessee Mountains (1884), a collection of short stories, and The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains (1885).