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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

  • February 28, 1854

    On this day in 1854, Governor Andrew Johnson overcame stiff opposition to pass a bill to support public schools by direct taxation.

  • February 1, 1943

    On this day in 1943, construction began on what was then called Clinton Engineer Works.  Later the area would be named Oak Ridge.