Cemetery linked to Hatfields and McCoys uncovered

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The Hatfields and McCoys have been gaining national attention since the recent History Channel documentary.

Some Pike County officials have found a cemetery linked to the feud, and now they are working to clear a direct path to it in hopes it will boost tourism.

It looks like nothing but woods and weeds, but there is more than meets the eye.

Buried in that hidden cemetery are some key players in the Hatfield McCoy feud--Frank Philips, who was another foe of the Hatfields, and his wife Nancy, who was born a McCoy, married a Hatfield, and then married Frank.

As of right now, it is quite a hike to get to the cemetery, but that is about to change.

"This is a long time needed project. Since the movie was filmed, Hatfields and McCoys, we've had numerous people coming here looking," said Pike County Magistrate Hillman Dotson.

They are digging out a road and plan to clear out the cemetery.

The magistrate says he hopes the road is finished enough that you can drive up to the cemetery within five to seven days and hopes the whole project is finished within the next month.

Rumor has it remnants of the house where Frank Philips lived are back in those woods too.

"I'd love to see us get some kind of a historical preservation of the home and have a tour package that would include this project in it," said Dotson.

Locals say digging the piece of history out is good for many reasons.

"It's really good that people are excited about it, and I think the whole area could benefit. Not just the Hatfield McCoy tourism but whole area tourism altogether," said Chris Coleman.

They say they cannot wait to see what possibilities this opens up. Magistrate Dotson is hoping the cemetery will be included on the historical registers.

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