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

  • May 18, 1933

    On this day in 1933, President Roosevelt signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act creating an agency to bring electricity to the region, provide flood control, and improve economic conditions.