Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Dec. 24 & 25
  • Closed Jan. 1
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Dec. 24 & 25
  • Closed Jan. 1
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Dec. 24 & 25
  • Closed Jan. 1
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Dec. 24 & 25
  • Closed Jan. 1
865-215-8800

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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

  • December 14, 1784

    Citizens met in Jonesborough on this day in 1784 to approve the formation of the State of Franklin.

  • December 14, 1863

    Following their repulse in 1863 in Knoxville, Confederate General James Longstreet’s troops retreated into East Tennessee.  Longstreet attempted to encircle and destroy the pursuing Federal Troops near Bean’s Station on this day in 1863.  It was a tactical victory for Longstreet but he failed in his plan to entrap the Federal Army.