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

  • January 22, 1829

    On this day in 1829, the 35-year-old Sam Houston married 18-year-old Eliza Allen, whose father, Colonel John Allen of Gallatin, was his close friend and admirer. Houston was the governor of Tennessee at the time.