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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. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • January 29, 1760

    On this day in 1760, Landon Carter was born.  He moved to Hawkins County in 1770 and after serving in the Revolutionary War held several territorial government positions.  Carter County, created in 1796, was named in his honor and the county seat, Elizabethton, was named for his wife.

  • January 29, 1789

    On this day in 1789, James Robertson, an early explorer with Daniel Boone, wrote to Spanish governor Don Estevan Miro from "Miro District," a district in Tennessee named after the governor, and said that he was "happy to hear that trade is in some measure opened [with Spain]."