|Seat Information||The act creating Hart County provided that the initial election of county officials take place on the first Monday in Feb. 1854. The first justices of the county's inferior court were authorized to select a site for the county seat, to purchase land, and to arrange for construction of a courthouse. Until a courthouse was built, the act directed that elections and county business be conducted at the Line Meeting House. At some point in 1854 or 1855, the inferior court selected the town of Hartwell as county seat. The legislature incorporated Hartwell on Feb. 26, 1856 (Ga. Laws 1855-56, p. 382)|
|Courthouse Details||Hart County's first courthouse was a two-story, wooden structure built in 1854. On Mar. 6, 1856, the legislature authorized Hart County to levy a special tax to fund construction of a new courthouse in Hartwell (Ga. Laws 1855-56, p. 541). The new courthouse was used until 1900, when it was destroyed by fire. A third courthouse was built in 1902 and served until it burned in 1967. The present courthouse was completed in 1971.|
|County Area||256.4 Square Miles|
Hart County was created from Franklin and Elbert counties on Dec. 7, 1853 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1853-54, p. 302). According to that act, Hart County’s original boundaries were described as:
Beginning at Stower’s ferry, on Savannah river, formerly known as Brown’s ferry, and running in a straight line to the residence of Middleton G. Hickman, in Elberton County, including said residence in the new county, thence in a straight line to the corner of Madison County, nearest to the Little Holly Springs, thence along the boundary line of Madison County to the corner of Elbert, Franklin, and Madison Counties, near the residence of Anguish Johnson, thence in a straight line to the nearest cross roads to the residence of Job Bowers, not including the residence of Moses and Joseph Manley, in Franklin County, between said residence and Carnesville, on the road leading from Carnesville to Ruckersville, thence in a straight line to a place sometimes called the Negro’s old store place, now owned by Leonard Bonds, of Franklin County, thence in a straight line to the mouth of Gum Log creek, on Tugalo river, thence along the eastern boundary of the State of Georgia to the beginning.
Georgia’s 102nd county was named for Revolutionary War heroine Nancy Hart. It is the only county in Georgia—and possibly in the United States—named for a woman.
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