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.