What is the most surprising fact about your city?
The city of Hartwell and Hart County are named after Nancy Morgan Hart. Hart was a heroine of the Revolutionary war noted for her exploits against Loyalists in the Georgia backcountry. She gained notoriety for her determined efforts to rid the area of Tories, English soldiers, and British sympathizers as a spy, sharpshooter, and more.
Hartwell's Most Famous Resident:
Georgia Representative Alan Powell
What are the biggest annual events in your town?
Check out Hartwell's calendar of events!
Dancin’ on Depot is a night of live music and dancing with food vendors, snacks, kids' activities, and more every June!
Farm Fest is a September event that highlights our farming roots with tons of home made, home grown, and home baked goods, exhibits, educational speakers, rides, heritage re-enactments, a hay maze, petting zoo, and much more. Stay for the evening for a Boot Scootin' Barn Dance with live music!
The Mayor’s Monster Mash is a free event at which downtown merchants and the mayor hand out treats to costumed participants while music, games, and family entertainment abound!
What do you want visitors to discover/visit in Hartwell?
Lake Hartwell is a reservoir bordering Georgia and South Carolina created by Hartwell Dam. As one of the southeast's largest and most popular recreation lakes, it is located on the Savannah River seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join. The most popular activities on the lake are boating and fishing with the 2008 Bassmaster Classic taking place here!
In addition to outdoor recreation, Hartwell offers top-notch live entertainment venues at the High Cotton Music Hall, Hart County Community Theater, and Savannah River Productions.
What initiatives is your city currently working on?
Railroad Street Project – farmers’ market, children’s activity area, health and wellness
New College and Career Academy, Agricultural Center and Health and High School Wellness Center
Long term lease of state park to create additional outdoor recreation and entertainment venues
Acquisition of historic property to create a pocket park, green space and music venue
Acquisition of historic property to restore and create retail/restaurant space in downtown
Beautification of secondary downtown areas to increase interest in retail spaces
Where would you take someone on a first date in Hartwell?
The High Cotton Music Hall is an intimate listening room for serious music lovers located in a former cotton warehouse on Hartwell's historic Depot Street. The venue accommodates nationally touring artists as well as regional and local musicians.
Which superhero or superpower would most help you in downtown development efforts?
The very volunteers who work right now to bring about change in our community. These men and women are our very best super heroes that we could ask for!