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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 8, 1861

    A general election was held on the question of separation from the Union on this day in 1861. Separationists win by a vote of 108,511 to 47,238, with most of the Unionist votes coming from East Tennessee.