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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

  • June 17, 1873

    On this day in 1873, an editorial in the Herald and Tribune, of Jonesborough, suggested that fear was a major factor in the spread of cholera: "It is our object to quell the fear and excitement now existing as much as possible, and to remind people that quiet and firmness are great preventatives of disease." Several days later a horrible outbreak of cholera took many lives in the town.