A color painting of Nancy Hart and her daughter holding Loyalist soldiers hostage. Credited to The Patriot Post, Vol. III, April 2020.
Nancy Morgan Hart grave marker in Henderson County, Kentucky. Credited to Lake Hartwell Guide.
Kettle Creek monument. Nancy Hart disguised herself as a simpleminded man and spied on a nearby Tory camp. She passed along information that aided the Whig victory at the Battle of Kettle Creek. Credited to Georgia Encyclopedia.
Lake Hartwell is named in honor of Nancy Hart. Credited to Georgia Encyclopedia.
Nancy Hart Chapter NSDAR and Stephen Heard Chapter NSDAR plaque recognizing rebuilding of Nancy Hart cabin and Hart’s many acts of patriotism and heroics. Courtesy of Elbert Co Chamber of Commerce.
Historic marker at Nancy Hart’s recreated cabin detailing her life, patriotism and accomplishments. Courtesy of Elbert County Chamber of Commerce.
DAR recreated Hart’s frontier cabin in 1932 using the chimney stones from the original cabin on the approximate site of the original cabin. Courtesy of the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce.
A sketch of Nancy and Sukey Hart holding Loyalist soldiers hostage sketch. Credited to Stories of Georgia by Joel Chandler Harris.

The best-known story of Nancy’s heroics is about her capture of Loyalists.

A group of Loyalist soldiers came to her home to question her about an escaped Patriot and demanded a meal. Nancy allowed them inside and fed them ample food and drink. The soldiers caught her and daughter Sukey hiding their muskets. Nancy killed one approaching Loyalist and held the others hostage while Sukey informed Benjamin and their neighboring Patriots. When Benjamin and neighbors arrived, she insisted the Loyalists be hanged. In 1912 construction crews found five or six skeletons buried neatly in a row while grading a railroad site less than a mile from the old Hart Cabin. A few of the skeletons’ necks were broken, which suggested they had been hanged. The skeletons were determined to have been buried for at least 100 years.

The Hart family moved to the Brunswick area in the 1780s where Benjamin died shortly thereafter. Nancy lived with son John Hart in the Athens area until they moved to Henderson County, Kentucky, in 1803. Nancy lived there until her death in 1840.

In 1932, DAR erected a replica cabin on the approximate site of Hart’s frontier cabin, using chimney stones from the original cabin. Lake Hartwell and Hart County, Georgia, and its county seat, Hartwell were named for her. In 1997 Hart was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement, which honors female trailblazers of Georgia.