Welcome to Hart County
Hart County contains miles of scenic country ranging from sultry river bottoms to gently rolling hillsides to steep knobs and hidden hollows. Nolin River and Lake form the western boundary of the county, while beautiful Green River winds through the center, flowing east to west in a series of loops and bends that offer diversions for the angler and the canoeist alike.
In addition to its natural beauty and diverse landscape, Hart County offers a variety of recreational options - explore underground wonders at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky Caverns, and the American Cave Museum and Hidden River Cave; experience drama and comedy at nationally recognized Kentucky Repertory Theatre, and discover Australian animals and hands-on exhibits at Kentucky Down Under.
Hart County was formed in 1819 from portions of Hardin and Barren counties. It has three incorporated cities: Munfordville (the county seat), Horse Cave and Bonnieville. The county attracted national attention in the 1850s with the construction of an iron railroad bridge over Green River. Hailed as an engineering marvel, three Civil War battles were fought over the control of this vital supply link. The significance of the "Battle for the Bridge" is celebrated each September during the Hart County Civil War Days. Horse Cave also honors its rich heritage during the month of September with an award winning festival noted for its diversity of musical entertainment.
The county hosts several festivals each year, and although each is distinctly different, visitors will find the common qualities of local charm and friendliness everywhere.
While the county continues to preserve its rich heritage and traditional values, we also look to a future of vibrant industrial growth and economic development. The Industrial Authority proudly announces that several 1,000 new jobs have been and continue to be created in the county.