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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

  • May 26, 1891

    Samuel Perry "Powhatan" Carter passes away on this day in 1891.  He was U.S. naval officer who served in the Union army as a brevet major general during the American Civil War and became a rear admiral in the postbellum U.S. Navy.  He was the first and thus far only United States officer to have been commissioned both a general officer and a Naval flag officer.