Hart County, created in 1853 from parts of Elbert and Franklin counties, is named for Revolutionary War heroine, Nancy Morgan Hart. It has an interesting and unique history back to prehistoric times. The Cherokee met to trade with tribes to the south at “the Center of the World”. Several Revolutionary War veterans settled here and their gravesites are memorialized with markers. Likewise veterans of every war since called Hart County home. The Hartwell Historic District boasts both commercial and residential buildings of historic and architectural interest, including the Teasley-Holland House, home to the Hart Count Chamber of Commerce and the Hart County Historical Society Museum.
We take pride in our past and have set the pace for the future by revitalizing downtown and the historic district, combining good, old-fashioned family fun with interesting festivals, tours shopping, world class dining and accommodations.
One hundred acres of land was purchased in May of 1854 by the Judges of the Inferior Court and was laid off into streets, squares, and lots. This land became the City of Hartwell, the county seat of Hart County, named for the Revolutionary War heroine, Nancy Hart. The city was officially incorporated by the legislature on February 26th, 1856.
The City Hall phone number is 706-376-4756.
Bowersville incorporated on
September 4, 1883. Bowersville has one of the highest altitudes in Hart
County at 934 degrees. A fire in 1888 destroyed many Bowersville businesses.
The Bowersville Town Hall phone number is 706-245-8971.
Hart County was named after Nancy Hart, a local Revolutionary War heroine. It is the only county in Georgia named for a woman. She was born around 1747 Nancy Ann Morgan and later married Benjamin Hart. They obtained a 400-acre grant 25 miles southeast of Hartwell in 1771 and built a log cabin home.
The Hart County Chamber does not do genealogy research but is happy to provide links to help you in your research.
The Hart County Probate Office (located at the Hart County Courthouse) has Birth and Death Records and their mailing address is P.O. Box 1159, Hartwell, Georgia 30643. Their phone is (706) 376-2565. You must be a relative to request this information. You will need to bring some form of identification card. If you are writing to request this information - also send a copy of your drivers license, along with your request. You may go to the Probate Court and do a lookup free and write down the information, but a certified copy of a Hart County Birth or Death Record is $25 each. This must be paid in cash or with a money order.
Civil War in Georgia (*new as of 11/21/10)
Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society
Hart County Public Library
Georgia Department of Archives and History
Gen Web Hart County
Hart County Clerk of the Court
Hart County Cemetery Transcriptions
Hart County Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project
Hart Brides by their maiden name
Hart Grooms by the last name