Photo (above) courtesy of Larry Epling
America’s Most Famous Feud
The families of the feud leaders were of strong stock and from them have come leaders of many professions – business, education, medicine, governors, senators, lawyers etc. The clans, both Hatfield and McCoy, were honest, hard-working and proud. They came into the wilderness of Kentucky and Virginia (now West Virginia) and patented thousands of acres of land.
The McCoys generally hail from the Kentucky side of the Tug River and the Hatfields from the West Virginia side. However, even during the famous feud, both families shared space on either side of the Tug.
Often many would call their kin who would marry into the other family “traitors” or “turncoats”. Once a member of the McCoy family married into the Hatfield family, they were said to be “Hatfield” and no longer “McCoy”. Clan pride and family loyalty was strong, no doubt left over from their days in the homelands of Ireland and Scotland.
Guided Tours and the Driving Tour
Thousands of people from all around the world have visited Pike County, Kentucky to immerse themselves into some of America’s richest historical locales. Pike County is home to most of the significant Hatfield-McCoy feud sites, and as a result of the recent spike in the feud’s popularity, Pike County Tourism CVB offers two types of tours of these sites.
The Hatfield-McCoy Driving Tour is a self-guided tour which includes all of the sites, both in Kentucky and West Virginia, of the feud. An optional Hatfield-McCoy Driving Tour CD is available for purchase below and in our store at the Hampton Inn on 831 Hambley Blvd, Pikeville. The audio CD serves as a tour guide for the feud sites, and offers professional voice talent and music, which spices up the already wonderful tour.
Guided Tours of the Pikeville City sites are also available, which feature a local historian. All proceeds from the Hatfield-McCoy Feud Guided Tours go toward funding the construction of a Randolph McCoy monument.
For more information on the Hatfield-McCoy Feud Guided Tour Schedule, contact Pike County Tourism CVB at (800) 844-7453. Tour schedule is subject to change. Tours leave out from the Pike County Tourism Office in the Hampton Inn off of 831 Hambley Blvd., Pikeville KY. Click here for more information about the Hatfield-McCoy Feud Guided Tours.
Learn More about the Feud
If you wish to learn more about the Hatfield and McCoy Feud or the many other tales drawn from our rich past, make sure to stop by the Big Sandy Heritage Center off of Hambley Blvd. Curator Everett Johnson and his staff are well-versed in Appalachian history, and would be glad to share with you artifacts that tell the story of how our ancestors settled in and tamed the wilds of Eastern Kentucky. Click here to visit the Big Sandy Heritage Center’s website.There is so much to show you, so make sure you plan your trip today!
GPS Coordinates for Pikeville City Feud Sites
To better assist you in finding some of our most popular feud sites, we have provided below the GPS coordinates for each Pikeville City location. If you are a Geocacher, check out our Geocaching page featuring the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail
- Dils Cemetery Gazebo: N 37 28.679 W 082 30.901
- Old Courthouse: N 37 28.757 W 082 31.033
- Ellison “Cottontop” Mounts Historical Marker (UPIKE): N 37 28.773 W 082 31.302
- Old Mccoy House (Chirico’s): N 37 28.924 W 082 30.940
- Roseanna’s Baby’s Gravesite/Aunt Betty’s House: N 37 37.801 W 082 13.234
- Randolph McCoy Home Place (Hardy, KY): N 37 36.188 W 082 12.925
- “Preacher Anse” Hatfield Hog Trial Cabin: N 37 34.810 W 082 10.796
- Hatfield Cemetery (Wash Stand): N 37 34.923 W 082 10.834
- Asa Harmon McCoy Historic Marker: N 37 33.454 W 082 11.505
- Hatfield McCoy Monument (Blackberry): N 37 33.433 W 082 11.804
- Paw Paw Tree Incident: N 37 37.106 W 082 09.912
- “Bad” Frank & Nancy McCoy Phillips Gravesite: N 37 29.540 W 082 09.249
- Perry Cline Gravesite: N 37 28.986 W 082 31.657
Where to Find Pike County Tourism CVB
831 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (800) 844-7453
Tourism Director: Tony Tackett