Hart County celebrated its 200th birthday on January 28, the date that it was formed from parts of Barren and Hardin Counties in 1819 to become the 61st county in Kentucky. Several activities were held to commemorate this special occasion. Judge/Executive Joe Choate acknowledged Hart County’s Bicentennial in a proclamation, students from Bonnieville explained about their efforts to raise money
to restore the Nathaniel Gray Smith Hart marker and were present for its unveiling. The Hart County Band held an outstanding performance of the 1812 Overture and Dr. James Baker and Dr. David Lee spoke about Hart County’s bicentennial and the importance of preserving local history. Janet and Steve Kistler provided music for the reception held at the Library, while Todd Johnston shared 200 old photos from Hart County’s past. Other members of the Bicentennial Committee spoke of upcoming events and the time capsule that will be sealed in December for 50 years. Of course, there was cake and other refreshments graciously provided by the Hart County Public Library. Special bicentennial activities have been planned throughout the year. To learn more, visit Hart County's Bicentennial Facebook page, or call (270) 524-2892.