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Tour the Historic Sites from the Hatfield-McCoy Feud
If you watched the Hatfield and McCoy mini-series on the History Channel, you are probably intrigued by where these events took place. To save you much searching on the Internet, I've gathered the links here for your convenience.
Plan your trip to see the actual spots where the Hatfield-McCoy feud happened. I'm including graveyards, historical museums and towns where you can see Hatfield or McCoy landmarks in Kentucky and West Virginia.
After seeing the programs, I would love to take this road trip. Not sure when I can visit these sites, but hope you get a chance to go explore the actual feud places where history happened.
Driving Tour of Hatfield-McCoy Feud Sites
in Pike County
To learn about the driving tour of Hatfield-McCoy Feud Sites read over the helpful information from the Pike County Tourism site. Here's the site to request travel brochures for the Pike County area.
You can see a replica log cabin of Preacher Anse Hatfield who presided over the hog trial. It is located near Matewan, West Virginia. Go to the link for more specific directions.
I'm excited to see there's a Hatfield and McCoy Travelcompany. Check out their travel packages to see what they can show you.
I've also found a bus tour that you can take. It's with Coal Country Tours and is a three-day trip. Find out more about the Hatfield McCoy Bus and Van Tours and save yourself some driving.
Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites - YouTube Videos
1st video - Hatfield Family Cemetery
2nd video - Pikesville, WV
3rd video - See some of the rugged terrain of the area - Trail 93, Hatfield McCoy Rockhouse. West Virginia
Historical Markers for the Hatfield - McCoy Feud
These Hatfield McCoy feud markers are fairly close to each other, so you can drive around to see them. It gives you a chance to see the terrain and picture how the feud played out across this area.
- Hog Trial/Election Fight Marker
Official directions and map to see the historical marker for the hog trial and for the election fight where the brother of Devil Anse Hatfield was stabbed and shot.
- Site of Killing of Asa Harmon McCoy Marker
The Historical Marker Database shows this marker and gives some background on the murder of Asa Harmon McCoy in 1865. This is Nancy McCoy's father. The database gives directions for seeing the marker.
- Site of Randolph McCoy House Marker
Directions and a map plus three photos of the marker are shown on the THE HISTORICAL MARKER DATABASE. The house was burned in a raid on New Year's Day and Alifair and Calvin McCoy were killed. Source: hmdb.org via Virginia on Pinterest
- Pawpaw tree marker - Hatfield, McCoy feud sites draw tourists
A wooded hillside overlooking the Tug Valley has gone from being a gruesome murder scene to a tourist attraction that draws people from around the world.USATODAY.com Source: civilwaralbum.com via Virginia on Pinterest
- Feudists on Trial Marker - Hanging Site
Ellison (Cottontop) McCoy was hanged at this site. More information, directions and photos of the historical marker.
- Pike Co. Courthouse and Jail Marker
The marker tells about the jailing of the Hatfields and their trial for killing various McCoys.
Location of Devil Anse Hatfield's Grave and Randolph McCoy's Grave - and their family members' graves
I located these graves through Find A Grave - It has millions of cemetery records and online memorials.
- Devil Anse Hatfield's grave
The site shows a photo of him and his headstone and information about his life. Find A Grave Source: google.com via Virginia on Pinterest
- Hatfield Family Cemetery
Directions to the Hatfield Family Cemetery.
- Johnson 'Johnse' Hatfield's grave
Shows a picture of him, a picture of the headstone, and brief life history.
- Rosanna McCoy's grave
Photos of her and the headstone. This is the girl that Johnse Hatfield "did wrong by" which is considered one of the causes of the feud. This grave is in Dils Cemetery in Pikesville, Kentucky. Source: bing.com via Virginia on Pinterest
- Rosanna McCoy and Johnsie Hatfield's Baby's Grave and Marker
The infant daughter of Rosanna and Johnsie died of measles before her first birthday. Her name was Sarah Elizabeth McCoy and she was buried on a hill near the aunt's home (Betty McCoy). The Find-a-Grave web page shows a headstone for the baby, a hist
- Dils Cemetery - Find a Grave
Where Rosanna McCoy is buried. Directions to the graveyard and photos of the site.
- Historic Dils Cemetery - Pike County Tourism
Visit Pike County to experience the home place of Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, outdoor adventure and the notorious Hatfield McCoy Feud.
- Nancy McCoy Hatfield Phillips
Nancy was Roseanna McCoy's cousin. She married Johnse Hatfield, then later married Deputy Frank Phillips. Find-a-Grave shows her photo but says the location of her grave is unknown.
Music from the Hatfields and McCoys Mini-Series - that was on The History Channel
Books on the Feud to Check Out
Ask at your public library where you might find a few books in the history section or in the biographies. Most of these are available on Amazon too.
- Feud: Hatfields, McCoys, and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900 (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies) - A historian sorts through the myths and legends surrounding the feud and gives the real reasons that sparked it.
- The Tale of the Devil: The Biography of Devil Anse Hatfield - This biography gets rave reviews from the readers and there's even a review by a grandson of Devil Anse.
- The True Story Of The Hatfield And McCoy Feud - This slim book written by a Hatfield tells the feud stories.
- The Other Feud: William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield in the Civil War -
Well-researched and documented, this covers the effect of the Civil War on the area and how it influenced the feud.
The Devil's Son - This book explores the friction between the two families even before the Civil War. Read it to get more of the picture of the causes of the Hatfield-McCoy feud.
You can't read just one. The more you know about the feud, the more you wonder. Keep reading.... until you feel you have the whole picture.
I recommend reading these before taking your tour, so you have plenty of background on the places you see and how they fit into the feud.
McCoy Landmarks - Videos from YouTube
Randolph McCoy's grave site.
Significant Locations in the Hatfield - McCoy Feud
- Pikesville KY
- McCarr, KY - historical marker on the spot where three people died in the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud
- Matewan WV
- Buskirk, KY - Site where the 3 McCoy brothers were tied to trees and shot to death by the Hatfields.
- Hardy, KY - The McCoy Monument is located on Route 319 at Hardy, KY, about 4 miles from the intersection of Route
- Buskirk, KY - Site of the pawpaw tree incident (there's a historical marker there)
- Aflex, KY - Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield's baby is buried near the site of Aunt Betty's cabin
Others Involved in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud - Frank Phillips
- Deputy Frank Phillips' grave
Find-a-Grave shows a photo of "Bad" Frank Phillips who started hunting down Hatfields for the bounty offered by the McCoys. Later he was was given the status of deputy. He married Nancy McCoy Hatfield after she left Johnse Hatfield. It lists his buri
Feud Background Information and Photos - A video by Hatfield descendant, Wendy Griffith
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Virginia Allain
What Intrigues You about the Hatfields & McCoys Feud?
olivia on February 17, 2019:
The love story between rosanna and johnse.
anonymous on September 06, 2013:
Wow, these were some hard-nosed people. Great information on an eternally fascinating subject.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 30, 2013:
@GregoryMoore: Let me know if you go see any of these sites or if you know of others.
Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on May 30, 2013:
I loved the mini-series that the History Channel did on the Hatfield and McCoy feud. This happened in my home state of KY.
MrMojo01 on August 22, 2012:
Great lens, I enjoyed it!
JoshK47 on August 22, 2012:
Interesting information! Thanks for sharing!
JoshK47 on August 22, 2012:
Interesting information! Thanks for sharing!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 11, 2012:
@glowchick: It was a great mini-series and sticks in your mind.
glowchick on July 11, 2012:
What a great article! i saw the mini series not long ago, it was very interesting. This would be a great companion to anyone interested in learning more :)
anonymous on July 02, 2012:
Oh wow, there's even a reunion festival. That would be so much fun to attend, and learn more about the history from story tellers.
Thanks for sharing. :)
anilsaini on June 29, 2012:
gottaloveit2 on June 14, 2012:
I think a Hatfield-McCoy reunion would be a blast (pun fully intended). Fun article, Virginia.
Kumar P S on June 12, 2012:
Great lens ! I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your trip.
bearlane on June 10, 2012:
nice lens, I learned sum history.
JenaleeMortensen on June 08, 2012:
I had hear of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud, but I didn't know the details. Thank you for sharing.
Matt_Lowe on June 06, 2012:
I totally missed the mini-series, but everyone I know has been talking about it. I'm in central Kentucky and would even consider driving to check some of these places out.
Gayle from McLaughlin on June 06, 2012:
I haven't watched the mini-series yet--but we have it on DVR
Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on June 06, 2012:
Historic sites are my absolute favorite places to visit. My Pop was an archaeologist, and took me with him on his digs since I was a child, and the experiences gave me the history bug. I bet this hot spot is even hotter with teh new Kevin Costner series. Congratulations on making the Monster Board for local hot spots. Blessed!
AngryBaker on June 02, 2012:
Interesting stuff. The Hatfields and McCoys were always just cartoons until I read Sharyn McCrumb. This lens brought more life to the tale. Thanks
Angela F from Seattle, WA on June 02, 2012:
I was pleasantly surprised at how well I thought the mini-series turned out. Nice lens
bossypants on June 02, 2012:
We've recorded the mini-series and haven't gotten to watch it yet. I'll be back to explore more on your lens after we've seen it, I'm sure! Thanks for doing all the research for us!
Joan Haines on June 02, 2012:
It's such a shame that these two families are "famous for killing each other." It just makes me sad.
Coreena Jolene on June 02, 2012:
Thank you for putting together this lens. I watched the miniseries on the History Channel with my husband. We both enjoyed it very much. Your links are great. After reading the Pike County Driving Tour pdf file, the section called The Great Vendetta, outlines the feud details. It looks like the miniseries did a pretty good job following the historic details. I enjoyed the Findagrave links as well.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 01, 2012:
I missed the miniseries but it sounds great. I see it's available on history.com to watch. I don't really know that much about the feud so will have to watch it then revisit your lens.