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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 2, 1793

    On this day in 1793, Statesman, soldier, and politician Sam Houston is born. His family moves to Maryville in 1807. He served as Governor of Tennessee from 1827-1829.

  • March 2, 1930

    On this day in 1930, actor John Cullum was born in Island Home Park in Knoxville. He became a successful actor of both stage and screen. His films include "All the Way Home," based on James Agee’s novel A Death in the Family.