The city of Franklin began as a village around 1770, and became a city, and county seat of Heard County, on December 26, 1831. The Heard County Historical Center and Museum, built in 1912, is the headquarters for the Historical Society. The history of the county is depicted in exhibits at the Heard County Historical Center, or “Old Jail,” which served as the county jail and sheriff’s residence from 1912 to 1964. The museum offers a look into the past of this rural community. A major exhibit is dedicated to local personality Mahayley Lancaster. This legendary psychic is most remembered for her role in the murder trial of John Wallace which later became a best-selling book and movie, “Murder in Coweta County.
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The recreational opportunities in Hart County are outstanding. Lake Hartwell with its many parks, camp sites, marinas and boat ramps can be reached in minutes from virtually any home in Hart County and offers swimming, fishing, camping, cabins, water skiing, and motor boating. Annual events include: Hartwell Antique Boat Festival. Challenge of the Centuries Bicycle Ride. Pre-4th of July Extravaganza. Lake Hartwell Dam Run. Corps of Engineers Interpretive Programs. Hart County Theatrical Productions. Cateechee Golf Course, located on Highway 77 south of Hartwell, is an Audubon Signature Course: only 2 in Georgia; only 15 in U.S and offers gourmet dining at their Waterfall Grille.
Thousands of people come to Franklin County, Georgia each year to enjoy such attractions as Victoria Bryant and Tugaloo state parks, the Ty Cobb Museum, and Lake Hartwell, Georgia’s largest Army Corp of Engineers lake east of the Mississippi. The roads in the area pass through scenic farmland and are great for cycling and motorcycle rides.