This town is the site of the 1920 Matewan Massacre, a deadly shootout between miners who joined the local union and the Baldwin-Felt’s Security Agency detectives who tried to evict the miners from their company homes. Nine men were killed in the massacre, changing the course of the coal mining industry and inspiring the movie “Matewan.”
Matewan is in close proximity to the site of the notorious Hatfield-McCoy feud of the 1880s.
Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, visitors to the Matewan Historic District will see a town that looks much like it did in the 1920s thanks to restoration efforts. The town offers a small museum and floodwall that highlights the town’s past. Those looking for adventure will find a trailhead to the thrilling Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, which covers more than 500 miles of off-road trails.
Take a glimpse into history at the annual Matewan Massacre Re-enactment in May.
The Hatfield & McCoy Reunion Festival in June reunites descendants of these two formerly warring families. It also features live music, street vendors, "shotgun wedding" and other events.
Scheduled for August, the Magnolia Fair offers live entertainment, food and contests.
Join in the festivities of Matewan Homecoming each September. This event includes a parade, car show and ATV fun.
Located at the intersection of state Routes 65 and 49, Matewan’s major employers include the Mingo County school system and the City of Matewan, including the Water and Sewer Department, Police Department and Town Clerk.