Pike County Tourism CVB is in the process of planning the construction of a Randolph McCoy Monument. The monument is in the very early stages of development, and ideas for what it will depict are still being sorted through. Continue reading The Randolph McCoy Monument Project
Come and see the sites of the legendary Hatfield-McCoy Feud, located in beautiful Pike County, Kentucky. Each site features a marker telling tragic stories from the feud, serving as a reminder of past mistakes and the price of a grudge. When it comes to fun, recreation and scenic locales, Pike County rivals the finest vacation destinations anywhere. The landscape is surrounded by towering mountains with lush foliage and vegetation that provide spectacular views throughout the year. Enjoy a day out on the water, or an evening at the Artists Collaborative Theatre. Plan your Pike County getaway today, “Where Beauty Abides & Hospitality Flows!”
Pikeville/Pike County is featured on the cover of the 2015 Kentucky Visitor’s Guide, as well as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2015 Official Highway Map. Approximately 400,000 magazines and 600,000 Official Highway Maps will be produced, giving Pikeville/Pike County tremendous exposure.
“For 3 years, Pike County Tourism CVB has been working to secure this. Why shouldn’t one of Kentucky’s most interesting and beautiful destinations be featured on the cover?” said Pike County Tourism CVB Executive Director Tony K. Tackett.
“These magazines and maps are requested by thousands of tourists each year who visit our state. They are promoted by Kentucky Tourism, and the publicity Pikeville and Pike County will receive from this is incredible,” said Jay Shepherd, Pike County Tourism CVB Marketing Director.
Pike County Tourism CVB, which employs only three people, have been making waves recently in the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, garnering eight State Traverse Awards for marketing excellence. They were also one of only three tourism offices out of the state of Kentucky to be awarded the Judges Choice award.
“Our tourism initiatives are focused on bringing people from outside our region into our community; to stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and visit our historical Hatfield McCoy Feud sites, and to enjoy the wealth of outdoor activity, arts and music that our region offers.” said Pike County Tourism CVB Chairlady Debra Huffman. “By accomplishing this project, we show the world what beautiful Eastern Kentucky has to offer.”
From the Cut-Through project that moved mountains, the infamous Hatfield/McCoy feud, to the rich production of coal which partly defined the region’s emergence, Pikeville and Pike County has a background rich in history. Now, the city of Pikeville will be home to the Pikeville-Pike County Hatfield McCoy Museum.
Director Polly Hopkins hopes to have the museum up and running before the annual Hillbilly Days festival beginning on April 16.
Hopkins, a Pike County native, studied French at the University of Kentucky where she then went on to teach English in France under a teaching assistantship. Upon moving home from France, she was informed about the museum position and submitted an application.
The museum, which is located on the fourth floor on the former Hall of Justice, will provide the community and visitors a look into the many aspects of the city’s and county’s history from the coal background to the Hatfield/McCoy Feud.
Hopkins hopes to create a dynamic space that will be interactive in nature. She hopes to incorporate video screens, bring in local artists, and display temporary collections.
One element that Hopkins wants to utilize is social media. She wants to incorporate an active blog site that visitors can follow.
What can we expect to see in the museum? Hopkins is working on putting together themed rooms such as a coal room which will focus on coal in the region and how it has shaped many lives. Also a local high school room will display local schools and sports, as well as an arts and entertainment room, and a room that focuses primarily on Pikeville and the Cut-Through project.
Some of Hopkins’ favorite pieces include old tools and household items. She wants to set the tools up to appear to be in an old tool shop to create an educational visual.
“I am excited to see the museum go from an idea to something physical,” said Hopkins on the opening of the museum.
Hopkins hopes the museum will allow individuals to see history in a positive light and will inspire them to learn about local history on their own.
She hopes to have interns from UPIKE to assist her in the museum and wants to get the local schools involved by bringing them in on field trips.
If you are interested in making this dream a reality and want to volunteer at the museum, contact director Polly Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (606)213-4397.