Hartwell in Hart County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hart County was created by the Legislature on Dec. 7, 1853 out of portions of Franklin and Elbert counties. It is the only county in Georgia named for a woman - Nancy Hart.
Nancy Hart and her husband, Benjamin Hart, obtained a 400 acre grant 25 miles S.E. from Hartwell in Colonial days and erected a log cabin home. During the Revolutionary War six Tories forced their way into the Hart home and demanded that Nancy cook a meal for them. She started cooking an old turkey, meanwhile sending her daughter to the spring to blow a conch shell for help. Detected slipping the third Tory rifle through a crack in the wall, Nancy killed one of the Tories and wounded another. Hart and several neighbors, coming to her rescue, wanted to shoot the five surviving Tories but Nancy insisted that they be hanged, and they were. Tradition has it that Nancy Hart served as a spy for Gen. Elijah Clarke, sometimes disguised as a man. The Indians respectfully called Nancy Hart "War Woman," giving that name to a creek adjacent to her cabin, which is memorialized in a State Part on State Highway Route 17.
Hart County's first officers elected in Feb, 1854 were Inferior Court Justices Henry F. Chandler, Micajah Carter, Clayton S. Webb, Daniel M. Johnson, James V. Richardson; Interior Court Clerk Frederic C. Stephenson, Ordinary James T. Jones,
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 073-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 34° 21.169′ N, 82° 55.952′ W. Marker is in Hartwell, Georgia, in Hart County. Marker is on East Howell Street (U.S. 29) east of Carolina Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the southern side of Hart County Courthouse, facing East Howell Street, between Carolina Street and North Forest Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 185 West Franklin Street, Hartwell GA 30643, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hart County Veterans of Foreign Wars Monument (here, next to this marker); Hart County World War II & Korean War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Hart County Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); Veterans of All Wars (a few steps from this marker); Hart County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Broken V (within shouting distance of this marker); Nancy Hart (approx. 1.2 miles away); “Center of the World” (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cherokee Assembly Ground (approx. 2.7 miles away); Louie Morris Memorial Bridge (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hartwell.
Also see . . .
1. Hart County, Georgia. Official website of Hart County, Georgia. (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Hart County, Georgia. Hart County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Nancy Hart. Nancy Morgan Hart (c. 1735 – 1830) was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War whose exploits against Loyalists in the Georgia backcountry are the stuff of legend. (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Nancy Hart (ca. 1735-1830). Georgia's most acclaimed female participant (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Elijah Clarke. Elijah Clarke (1733 – December 15, 1799), born in Anson County, North Carolina, was a Continental Army officer and hero of the American Revolutionary War serving in the southern theater. (Submitted on January 2, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
6. List of U.S. Counties Named After Women. This is a list of U.S. counties which are named for women. (Submitted on January 3, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,271 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 2, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.