Category Archives: –HART COUNTY GA–

Log Trucks, Hart County

Georgia has 24.4 million acres of timberland available for commercial use, more than any other state. Forestry-related jobs are a major economic force and log trucks are familiar on roads from the mountains to the coast.

Adams Brothers Grocery, Circa 1950, Hart County

Kevin Cowart writes: This store was built around 1950 by my grandfather Jim Tom Adams. It was called Adams Bros Grocery and was run by Jim Tom and his brother in the early years. Jim Tom ran it for years until 1980 when he started renting it out.


Smith-McGee Bridge, 1922, Hart County

Built as a privately-owned toll bridge spanning the Savannah River at the Georgia-South Carolina state line, the Smith-McGee Bridge was purchased by Georgia and South Carolina in 1926 and the toll removed. It’s a good example of the once-common camelback through truss design.

It was replaced with a new bridge in 1983. The eastern section of the bridge has been removed but it is open to pedestrians and is a popular spot for viewing the river.

Jim’s Grill, Hartwell

Hartwell Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Carolina Street, Hartwell

Hartwell Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Depot Street, Hartwell

Depot Street is a great example of revitalization and repurposing of historical structures. Colorful facades add to the appeal.

The street, a block off the courthouse square and highway traffic, is very pedestrian friendly.

There’s an artsy feel, as well, with the Hart County Community Theatre and High Cotton Music Hall (above)  adding a cultural vibe.

Hartwell Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places



Hart County Community Theatre, Hartwell

This iconic building originally served as a livery stable but is best remembered as the Weatherly Furniture Company. Since 1983, it has been the Hart County Community Theatre.

Hartwell Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

Hart County Courthouse, 1971, Hartwell

In a downtown anchored by historic commercial storefronts, Hart County’s 1971 Modern courthouse is anachronistic. Though I’m not a fan of the style in its context here, the grounds are very inviting and pedestrian friendly. This is the fourth courthouse to serve Hart County since its creation in 1854.

World War I Memorial, 1922, Hartwell

In Memoriam of the Hart County Soldiers who died in the World War, 1917-19.

These lost their lives: John W. Adams; James B. Estes; Owen J. Alford; John R. Heaton; George W. Cason; Oscar B. McCurley; Preston B. Carter; Lawrence Nix; Samuel J. Chapellear; Gilbert Thompson; William J. Connelley; Vancey J. Wilson; Charles P. Dodd. Colored: Erskin Allen; Anderson Harris; Henry Gaines.

This row of oaks planted and the bronze tablet erected by the Hartwell Federated Woman’s Club.Hartwell GA., June 1922.

Vietnam War Memorial, 1987, Hartwell

Located on the grounds of Hart County’s courthouse, this moving memorial was one of the first such public installations dedicated to the Vietnam War in Georgia.

From the foothills of northeast Georgia to the jungles of Vietnam we remember the ones who gave their lives.

Ralph Durward Cordell, 1967; Bobby James, 1968; Thaddeus Durrett, 1968; Louis John Clever, 1969; Sammy Howard Whitworth, 1969; Galen Minor Smith, 1969

Never to be Forgotten. The broken V symbolizes the casualties broken dreams, promises and plans. 1959 Vietnam 1975

Dedicated November 15, 1987 by Hart County Citizens to honor the memory of the six Hart County men whose patronage never dimmed; whose loyalty never weakened; whose courage never faltered; so that cherished dreams could be realized for those who come after them.