Photo (above) courtesy of Larry Epling
America’s Most Famous Feud
The families of the Hatfields and McCoys 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.
The Hatfield & McCoy 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 and McCoy feud sites, and as a result of the recent spike in the feud’s popularity, Pikeville/Pike County offers a self-guided tour of these interesting historic locales.
The Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour is a self-guided tour that includes all of the sites, both in Kentucky and West Virginia, of the feud. Visitors are provided a Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure for free, which features step-by-step instructions for finding each feud site that is open to the public. An optional Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour CD is available for purchase below. Both items can be found in our visitors’ center store, located in 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.
Hatfield McCoy Feud Tour Information
Pikeville City Feud Sites
- 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
- Perry Cline Gravesite:
N 37 28.986 W 082 31.657
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Pike County Feud Sites
- 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
Hatfields and McCoys Feud Gallery
Where to Find Pike County Tourism CVB
831 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: (800) 844-7453
Tourism Director: Tony Tackett