Hatfield Handgun Surfaces, but is it Legit?

On April 12, 2019, Leslie Rivers paid a visit to the Big Sandy Heritage Center with a very special item from Hatfield-McCoy feud lore, a Deringer handgun that may or may not have been, at one point, owned by “Devil” Anse Hatfield, and his son “Cap” Hatfield. William Keith Hatfield, great-grandson of Devil Anse was also invited to this special event to attempt to authenticate the weapon. Big Sandy Heritage Center curator Everett Johnson and local historian/museum board member Reed Potter was also present, as well as a host of media, to determine if the gun is in fact Hatfield related.

In the video above, provided by PikeTV, William and Leslie give us some history behind the gun and the process of authenticating historical items. Did Devil Anse pass this gun onto Cap, who then gifted it to a close family friend, Dr. Dana Moore? Check out the video above and decide for yourself.

Hatfields and McCoys Feud 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 historic 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.

If the Tug Could Talk: Floating, Fishing & Folklore along the Tug River

In 2018, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife produced a video and article that explores the Tug River, infamously known for being the dividing line between the feuding Hatfields and McCoys. There are many other stories to be told along the tug as well, with the river flowing to the town of Matewan, known for being the site of a labor uprising that resulted in the “Matewan Massacre”. These heart-wrenching stories are only pieces of a much broader and colorful heritage, and suit this rugged yet beautiful landscape that outdoor enthusiasts crave.

Floating Tug Fork explores outdoor activities along the storied Tug Fork River of Kentucky and West Virginia.

Big Fish & Rich History

Blue Water Trails

Paddling the eastern borderlands in search of big fish and rich history – Written by Lee McClellan.

Click here to explore The Tug Fork’s rich history, and learn details on fishing & floating down the Tug Fork River.