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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

  • March 7, 1780

    On this day in 1780, a group of settlers going from Fort Patrick Henry to the Cumberland by river, led by John Donelson, camped at a Chickamauga town which the Indians had evacuated. Mrs. Ephraim Peyton gave birth to a child at the stop.