East Tennessee welcomed the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) staff & friends for a Winter study trip to East Tennessee January 5th-8th, 2009. The trip agenda included visits to the William King Regional Center in Abingdon, Virginia, the Carter Mansion in Elizabethton, TN, and private collections in Kingsport. Visits to Greeneville included the Valentine Sevier House, the Nathaniel Greene Museum, Dickson Williams Mansion, and private collections in Greeneville. The last stop of the trip in Knoxville included the East Tennessee History Center, Ramsey House Museum, and private collections in the surrounding area. Lecture/talks during the trip included a presentation given by Namuni Hale Young on the Furniture of East Tennessee, The Art of East Tennessee by Steve Cotham, a Ramsey House lecture given by Dr. Charles Faulkner, and an East Tennessee pottery talk given by John Case. We enjoyed our MESDA friends and look forward to their future visit to our great state.