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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

  • February 16, 1760

    On this day in 1760, Oconostota, Cherokee leader and Great Warrior of Chota, appeared at Fort Prince George in upper South Carolina and asked to parley with its commander. Oconostota had the commander, Lieutenant Coytmore, killed for holding Cherokees hostage.