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 24, 1849

    On this day in 1849, Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in England.  Her family later moved to East Tennessee and she went on to become a writer of popular books such as The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy.

  • November 24, 1863

    General Grant attacked the Confederate positions around Chattanooga on this day in 1863.  On the first day of fighting, Union General Hooker drove Confederate forces from Lookout Mountain in the “Battle Above the Clouds.”