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

  • June 22, 1893

    On this day in 1893, the Knoxville Tribune declared that “The people of Knoxville continue to pay for water and drink mud.”  Fortunately, just a few years later the newspapers were praising the quality of the local waterworks.