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County Formed December 7, 1853
County Seat Hartwell
Incorporated Cities Bowersville and Hartwell
Total Area 256.97437 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 23047 to its current population estimate of 25377, the county has experienced a growth change of 2330.

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. 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.

Annual Events

Annual events in Hart County include the Arts in Hartwell Festival in April, the Blessing of the Fleet on Lake Hartwell in May, a pre-Labor Day gospel sing, Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Show and Lake Hartwell Dam Run.

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Hartwell Dam

A historic home

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