Historic Train Excursion (Grundy Va. to Devon Wv.): Photoblog

Photos courtesy of Rob Bolson

For the first time since 1958, a passenger train excursion made its way through Pike County, KY, going from Grundy Va. to Devon Wv. The excursion is part of Norfolk Southern’s “21st Century Steam Program” and was operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Departing from Grundy, Virgina, this passenger train excursion traveled through the rugged and beautiful backwoods of Appalachia. Powered by a former Southern Railway 630 steam locomotive with diesel assistance, this historic train excursion proved to be a great success, with more than 3900 tickets sold. We at Pike County Tourism CVB wanted to share with you some of the memories our train excursion ride patrons captured in photograph. Rob Bolson was nice enough to share with us some of his photos from the train excursion, take a look.

Rob Bolson Train Excursion Gallery

Tour Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

Many people do not realize that there are a variety of Hatfield McCoy feud sites still available and open to the public. The Hatfield and McCoy feud has left it’s mark on American history, and with the advent of the “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries, interest in feud history has exploded. Visitors from across the world have traveled to Pike County, Kentucky, to experience the feud for themselves, visiting the famous Hog Trial Cabin, the pawpaw shooting site, Randolph McCoy’s property, the courthouse where the Hatfields were put on trail, Aunt Betty’s house and the site where “Cottontop” was hanged. While visiting the grave sites of Randolph, Sally and Roseanna McCoy, or “Devil Anse” and Johnse Hatfield, guest become personally acquainted with the personalities of this tragic history that has become American legend.

Hatfield-McCoy Driving Tour

The Hatfield-McCoy Driving Tour is a self-guided tour, which includes all of the feud sites of both Kentucky and West Virginia. Guests are provided a free Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure, which provides detailed step-by-step directions to each historic feud site, beginning at the Pike County Tourism CVB visitor’s office. An optional Hatfield-McCoy Driving Tour CD is available for purchase below and in our store. 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.

 

Hatfield McCoy Brochure

Hatfields & McCoys Driving Tour Visit the actual locations of America’s most famous feud. The Hatfield-McCoy Driving Tour Guide provides you a detailed map of the feud sites, as well as historical background.
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Hatfields McCoys Driving Tour CDHatfield-McCoy Driving Tour Audio CD Go on a self-guided adventure through the territory of the Hatfields & McCoys, and see the places where the actual feuding took place. The Hatfield-McCoy Driving Tour Audio CD is provides voice actors, music and a tour guide for each site. Order your Audio CD today.

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Feuding Theatre Entertainment

FEUDPikeville, Kentucky, and the surrounding region, features a tremendous amount of outdoor activity, live music and theatre. Jenny Wiley Theatre of Pikeville is home to two Hatfield-McCoy productions, Feud Part 1: The story of Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy, and Feud Part 2: Firebrand – The untold story of Tolbert McCoy. Both of these shows are highly anticipated, and ticket availability will be limited. Call Pike County Tourism CVB at (800) 844-7453 for tour packages today, and be sure to secure your tickets for these must-see shows.

Learn more about the Jenny Wiley Theatre of Pikeville by clicking here.

 

 

Feud Part 1Feud Part 1: The story of Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy FEUD Part 1 explores the forbidden love story between Johnse and Roseanna. Set in 1881 in Pike County, Kentucky, Johnse, Roseanna, and Paris McCoy have one fateful night to tell their stories.

August 21 – September 19 Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday Matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Sunday Matinee performances begin at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Feud Pt2Feud Part 2: Firebrand – The untold story of Tolbert McCoy When a public argument between the Hatfields and McCoys turns bloody, the hotheaded Tolbert McCoy runs away to escape certain death. An unlikely encounter with an eccentric inventor from New York and his domineering wife forces Tolbert to confront the demons of his past, and prepare for what awaits him in the future.

August 28 – September 20 Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday Matinee performances begin at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Sunday Matinee performances begin at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

 

 

Lodging and Accommodations

Pikeville Lodging Offer
Booking with Pikeville Hotels includes all the amenities you could expect from top quality lodging. Each hotel is conveniently located within close proximity to many local attractions. See below for what each hotel offers.

Hampton Inn of PikevilleHampton Inn Pool, fitness area, high speed internet, breakfast, conference rooms, visitors information office. 831 Hambley Blvd., Pikeville, KY 41501. (606) 432-8181 or (800) HAMPTON

Hilton Garden InnHilton Garden Inn Restaurant & bar, pool, fitness area, high speed internet, room service. 849 Hambley Blvd., Pikeville, KY 41501. (606) 766-2000 or (800) HILTONS

Historic MansionPikeville Historic Mansion Private parking, luxury suites, breakfast, museum, special ordered coffee/tea. 179 College St., Pikeville, KY 41501. (606) 432-8181

Holiday Inn ExpressHoliday Inn Express 63 Rooms – jacuzzi suites, inside pool, meeting area, workout area, high speed & wireless internet, continental breakfast, laundry facilities, pets allowed with deposit. 476 South Mayo Trail US 23 South Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 433-1800 or (800) Holiday

Landmark InnThe Landmark Inn 102 Rooms – outside pool, meeting area, high speed internet, wireless internet, laundry facilities, restaurant, lounge and entertainment.
190 South Mayo Trail U. S. 23 By Pass
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 432-2545 (606) 432-2545 or (800) 831-1469

Brookshire InnBrookshire Inn & Suites 74 rooms, jacuzzi suites, meeting area, high speed internet, wireless internet, continental breakfast, laundry facilities. 123 Alexandra Drive
Pikeville, KY 41501
(888) 433-1107

Hatfield & McCoy Lodge at the Riverside 55 Rooms.
1060 South Mayo Trail U. S. 23 South
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 432-2188

Daniel Boone Motor Inn 120 Rooms – outside pool, meeting area, restaurant, pets allowed, shopping nearby. 150 Weddington Branch Rd. U. S. 23 North Pikeville, KY 41501 (606) 432-0365