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

  • November 28, 1787

    On this day in 1787, John Sevier distributed copies of a circular to the state of Franklin militia describing the prospective land bounties, ranging from 640 acres for a private to 1,200 for a colonel and to 1,500 for a major general that could be obtained from war with the Creeks.