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Hart County Georgia




Hart County administrative offices are located at 800 Chandler Street, Hartwell, GA 30643; phone: 706-376-2024.

Beginnings [1]

December 7, 1853, Hart County, named for Revolutionary War heroine Nancy Hart, was created by Act of the Georgia Legislature. This Act provided for the election of five justices of the Inferior Court, who were instructed to "select and locate a site for public buildings in said new county, to purchase a tract of land for location of the county site, to divide same into lots and sell each at public sale for the benefit of said new county..." A local controversy ensued over the location of the county seat. One group favored the central point of the county identified through the survey while another group wanted an area known as "The Center of the World," a former Cherokee Indian assembly ground. The group wanting the county seat located at "The Center of the World" filed a quo warranto proceeding against the justices of the Inferior Court and hired Thomas R. Cobb, an attorney from Athens, to represent them. The judges hired Howell Cobb, a brother of Thomas R. Cobb, also of Athens, as their lawyer, and after a legal battle, the question was decided in favor of the present location at the center of the county, Hartwell.

  1. Dale Jaeger and Sybil Bowers, Georgia Mountains Area Planning and Development Commission and Carolyn Brooks, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Resources of Hartwell, Georgia, nomination document, 1986, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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