Randolph McCoy Statue Unveiled at the McCoy Well, Hardy, KY

For many years, William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield’s gravesite has featured a statue in honor of the Hatfield patriarch. For over a decade, it has been a goal of Pike County Tourism CVB to secure a statue honoring McCoy patriarch Randolph McCoy, but financial difficulties has proven to be the greatest challenged, until now. Pike County Tourism CVB board member Bob Scott, who owns the Randolph McCoy property in Hardy, Kentucky, along with wood carver Travis Williams, finally made this dream a reality with the unveiling of the Randolph McCoy statue, located next to the McCoy Well on the legendary property where the McCoy Cabin once stood.

The Randolph McCoy statue stands approximately 8 feet tall, and is situated in such a way to provide visitors with a beautiful photo opportunity. The statue was unveiled during Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days 2018, with direct descendants of both families in town for the special occasion.

“We wanted to see this project come to life,” said Tony K. Tackett, Pike County Tourism CVB Executive Director. “We are so blessed to have such an active board, willing to do what it takes to make things a reality.”

“Travis Williams did a great job with this project,” said Jay Shepherd, Pike County Tourism CVB Marketing Director. “He has such a big heart for our region, and the skill to do incredible things to enhance our Hatfields & McCoys Feud Tour.”

“This is just another piece of the overall plan to make the Feud Tour really special,” said Bob Scott, Pike County Tourism CVB board member. “Our next project will be to restore the McCoy Cabin, something dear to my heart. We are right there. The materials are there, we just need the labor to build it.”

Randolph McCoy Statue Media

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Request Wood Carving Commission

To request a wood carving commission from Travis Williams, or to follow his wood carving artwork online, visit his facebook page.

 

Tour de Feud Cycling Rally 2.0

The Fall Tour de Feud 2.0 is one of Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming’s many great outdoor events, and is an open road cycling ride that is scheduled for the afternoon (12:30 p.m.) of Sunday, September 23. Hatfield & McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming will begin Friday, September 21, and will go through Sunday, September 23, 2018. Ride will be leaving Belfry High School.

The Route

The PCFC will be hosting an Open Road Cycling event in conjunction with the Hatfield & McCoy Festival on Sunday September 23, 2018.

The ride will depart from Belfry High School at 12:30 PM on Sunday 9/23/18. This ride will wind it’s way along KY 319 toward 1056 E at Blackberry, KY.  Along the way there will be several unique and historic Hatfield & McCoy photo opportunities along the Randal McCoy Trail. The first stop will be at the Randal McCoy homestead at Hardy, KY located just of KY 319. The second will be at the Hog Trial Cabin at Blackberry, KY at the intersection of KY 319 & 1056. Once the riders hit the Hog Trial Site at Blackberry, KY the ride will hang a left and proceed down 1056 E toward McCarr Park and the historic town of Matewan, WV.  The majority of the ride is relatively flat and follows the Hatfield McCoy Marathon course along KY 319, which is the Randall McCoy Trail toward Blackberry, McCarr & Matewan via 105. This route is roughly 12 to 13 miles.  Riders should note that there is one small climb up Blackberry Mountain on the 319 section of the course otherwise, it’s a relatively flat open road course that should be considered a beginning to intermediate level ride depending on the distance and pace. Once the tour enters into WV riders can abandon the ride at Matewan or continue along WV 49 & 65 toward the birth place of Devil Anse Hatfield which is located at the mouth of Straightfork hollow just past Double Camp. There are several historic land marks along this route. Straightfork is located roughly 9 miles above Matewan between the communities of Red Jacket & Beech Creek. From there the ride will return back down WV 49 toward Red Jacket where it will conclude at the Depot in the historic town of Matewan. Riders of all skill level are encouraged to participate in this event. Like past Tours you may adjust the length of your ride to suit your fitness and skill level. This course gives riders of variety of options from 5 to10, 15, 20 or 30 miles.

Registration

Registration will take place the day of the event starting at 11:00AM at the staging area which will be located in the FRONT parking area of Belfry High School Gym Complex. BHS is located just of US 119.

Donations will be accepted throughout registration on the day of this event with a portion of each donation including an event tee shirt and a photo with several of the living members of the McCoy & Hatfield family who annually support this festival each year.

For questions, contact Jim Bevins, PCFC Trails Coordinator (606) 454-0004.

T-shirts for this event will be available, pre order ONLY. See the facebook page for details. Please place you order by 9/13 for pick up the day of the event 9/23/18.

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About Tour de Feud

The Tour de Feud is a biannual open road cycling event that’s held twice a year. The first ride, held in spring, is scheduled for the second Sunday in June. This event follows the Hatfield McCoy Marathon which is now in its 20 year as of 2018. The fall Tour de Feud cycling event is done in conjunction with the Hatfield and McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming which is held September 21, 22 and 23, 2018. Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days Homecoming is a three-day event that features outdoor events, live entertainment, meet and greets with feud descendants, and a pig roast at the Pikeville Farmer’s Market. The event ends with a special memorial service at the McCoy Well in Hardy, KY, lead by Hatfield and McCoy descendants.

The Spring Ride starts at Blackberry Park located just off KY State Route 1056 then proceeds over into WV and follows WV Rt 49 toward KY 292.

The Fall Ride starts along KY ST RT 319 and proceeds up The Randal McCoy Trail toward the Hog Trail Site and KY ST HWY 1056. From there the route crosses over into the town of Matewan and follows WV ST RT 65 toward Red Jacket, then onto WV ST RT 49 back to KY HWY 292.

Each event takes riders past many of the historical landmarks and feud sites which exists on both sides of the river.