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History Channel Revisited: Hatfield McCoy Mountains

Visit the Hatfield & McCoys Region

The McCoy family of Kentucky hated the Hatfield’s of West Virginia for many reasons.  Some say it was the clandestine affair of Johnse Hatfield and Rose Anne McCoy; some say it was a lawsuit over a sow and some pigs; some say it was the cost of a fiddle that caused the feud.  For the first time ever, the key Hatfield McCoy Feud sites are open to visitors.  

Day 1

Heritage Farm & MuseumArrive in Huntington and your first stop, Heritage Farm & Museum.  Featured on “American Pickers,” the farm illustrates what a real Appalachian village would have been like.  Stroll through up to 16 different buildings experiencing life as it was "back then" and learning about the major inventions that changed everything to create the quality of life we take for granted today.  Heritage Museum follows our Appalachian Heritage from the days of the trader to farmer, craftsman, and professional and beyond.  Enjoy bountiful country cookin' with toe-tappin' entertainment and a wagon ride that takes you back in time through the village. 

The Transportation Museum shows the progression of the revolution in transportation that took place all across America at the turn of the century with the advent of motorized vehicles. From covered wagons to carriages, early autos and an electric truck, you'll find it here.  The Industry Museum contains the development of agriculture, timber, glass, coal, oil and gas.  You can watch a belt-powered machine shop and enter a walk-through exhibition coal mine.

A buffet dinner will be provided at the Farm while you listen to how the Farm was used for the production of the Hatfield McCoy documentary for the History Channel that was filmed to compliment the Kevin Costner mini-series.

Day 2

Following an overnight in the Huntington area, depart for Mingo County in the heart of the Hatfield McCoy Mountain Region.  Visit the place where Johnse Hatfield and Rose Anne McCoy fell in love.  See the grave of Johnse and Rose Anne’s child.  Don’t just read the history of the feud, walk in the footsteps of the families.  In addition, share an Appalachian themed lunch in the area. 

The West Virginia mine wars climaxed in the largest battle on American soil since the Civil War but their beginnings can be traced to the upheavals caused by the U.S. Industrial Revolution.  When people began working in industrial settings the conditions were harsh. Injuries and death were common and many toiled at demanding and dangerous jobs for 70 hours a week. In spite of their hard work, most people were barely able to survive because wages were so low. This was also true in the coal industry.  The coal companies that dominated life in this remote region had been successful in keeping the unions out.  However, in around 1919 there was a big push to unionize the southern West Virginia coal fields in Mingo and Logan counties.  See the site of the Matewan Massacre where Sid Hatfield, Mingo County sheriff fought back the Baldwin Felts detectives who were evicting miners who joined the union from their company homes.  

Hatfield CemeteryIn Logan County you will visit the Hatfield Cemetery and see the life-sized statue of Devil Anse Hatfleld.  Dinner and lodging will be at Chief Logan State Park Lodge and you just never know when a real live Hatfield might show up or even Devil Anse himself.

Day 3

Depart for home with ideas for your next West Virginia trip.

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