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This Day in Georgia History

December 07, 1853

Hart County Created

Gov. Herschel Johnson signed legislation creating Hart County. Hart County, Georgia’s 102nd, was created from portions of Elbert County and named for Nancy Hart - a heroine of the American Revolution. When confronted by a band of six Tories who forced their way into her house, Hart managed to shoot two (killing one) and forced the others to surrender. Upon the return of Hart’s husband and friends, the captured Tories were immediately hanged. Hart County reputedly was the first county in the U.S. named for a woman.

Image of Hart County Created View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government