Whether you have lived here all your life or are visiting for the first time, it does not take long to realize that East Tennessee is a special place. To truly know East Tennessee today, though, you must first explore its past. The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you to do just that—to come learn about the people, places, and events that have shaped our region through the award-winning exhibits housed at the Museum of East Tennessee 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.