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

  • October 24, 1861

    Parson Brownlow published the last issue of his newspaper, the Whig, on this day  in 1861.  In it, he claimed that Confederate harassment had driven him to bankruptcy and accused Confederate authorities of plotting to arrest him.