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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.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important.

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • August 16, 1863

    Reese Bowen Brabson, attorney, state legislator, and U.S. congressman, succumbed to typhoid, dying at his mansion home  on August 16, 1863.  He was buried at Citizens Cemetery, the location of his unmarked grave now unknown.  The old mansion, still referred to as the "Brabson House," though altered extensively by subsequent owners, remains standing at 407 East Fifth Street, Chattanooga, TN.