The John Benson Chapter was organized on March 12,
1913, in Hartwell, Georgia. As the county seat of Hart
County, named for Revolutionary War heroine Nancy
Hart, the town has a long history as a center of agriculture
and the textile industry. Tourism is a recent addition
with the development of beautiful Lake Hartwell.
Hartwell is located about 40 miles northeast of Athens.
The name of the chapter honors John Blassingame Benson
(1822-1892), a merchant and community leader and a
descendant of Thomas Benson and John Blassingame,
Revolutionary Soldiers. His forebears came from Virginia.
He died in Hartwell on January 27, 1892.