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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

  • July 30, 1961

    Johnny Allen won the first Grand National on this day in 1961 in the inaugural race of the Bristol Motor Speedway, known as the “World’s Fastest Half Mile.”