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Georgia is divided into one hundred and fifty-nine counties. The original eight counties of the State of Georgia were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes all created on February 5, 1777. The last new county to be established in Georgia was Peach County, established in 1924.

Hart County, Georgia

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Hart County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 25,213.  Hart County was created December 7, 1853. The county seat is Hartwell.  Hart county is named for Nancy Hart. Of Georgia's 159 counties, Hart County is the only one named after a woman.

Etymology - Origin of Hart County Name

 The only county named for a woman. Nancy Hart, who lived in the area during the Revolutionary War, served as a rebel spy and killed five Tories who threatened her home.


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Hart County History

Hart County was created in 1853 from parts of Elbert, Franklin and Madison counties, and is the only Georgia county named for a woman. Nancy Hart, who lived in the area during the Revolutionary War, served as a rebel spy and killed five Tories who threatened her home. Hartwell, the county seat, is also named for her. Lake Hartwell is also named for her. The only other municipality is Bowersville.

The Teasley-Holland House in Hartwell is a historic museum in a one-story Victorian style home that was built in 1880 by Isham Asbury Teasley.

Points of Interest

Hartwell Lake, which forms parts of the county's eastern and southern borders, is a major tourist attraction in the region. The lake covers 55,950 acres, and is one of the three most visited Corps of Engineer lakes in the country.

Other important attractions in Hart County include Hart State Park, Victoria Bryant State Park, Lake Hartwell Dam and Power Plant and Bluegrass Express.

The Cherokee Indian "Center of the World" is located in the county on Highway 29 South. This Cherokee Indian Assembly ground, marked by a roadside monument, was the site of council meetings and trade with white settlers.

The 118-year old Hartwell Sun provides the community with news coverage of local government, social and recreation stories.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 257 square miles (670 km2), of which 232 square miles (600 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (9.6%) is water.

 Hart county is located in north Georgia. The county is in the Savannah River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Oconee County, S.C.
  • Northeast: Anderson County, S.C.
  • Southeast: Elbert County
  • Southwest: Madison County
  • West: Franklin County


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