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

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • September 28, 1862

    Philander Priestley Claxton was born on this day in 1862 in a one-room log cabin in Bedford County, TN, during the Civil War.  In 1911, Claxton was appointed as the U.S. commissioner of Education.  He advocated consolidation of rural schools, summer schools for students, and adult and vocational education.