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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

  • June 28, 1540

    Hernando De Soto and his men left the Chiaha village after making many demands for food, information, and women on this day in 1540.  The village was located on Zimmerman's Island in the French Broad River near present-day Dandridge.