Hatfield & McCoy moonshine distillery set to open

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (WYMT) - There are many ways for folks to experience the infamous Hatfield and McCoy Feud. Feud enthusiasts will soon have another way to take part in the history with some of the family's 'white lightning.'

The Hatfield and McCoy Feud is a story that tourism officials say folks cannot get enough of.

Natalie Young, with the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce says, "Right after the mini series we were flooded with phone calls and people wanting to see where they are buried, where they lived, just everything."

It is a story that both Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia have capitalized on, bringing tourists in from around the world.

WVU Extension Professor Bill Richardson says, "It is a world famous story. It has a love story, murders, it has all these crazy characters that people like learning about.. It is just a very multi-faceted story."

Tourists will soon have another way to take part in the history, as the Hatfield and McCoy distillery in Williamson is set to open this winter.

"Another piece of the tourism puzzle for us, people are going to see about it on TV, hear about it, come see it, and visit the feud sites....extend their stay, and gives another reason for them to spend money in our region," says Richardson.

Once the distillery is open folks will be able to legally purchase moonshine as well as other Hatfield and McCoy memorabilia, directly from family members who will operate the business as part owners.

Richardson says, "When I bring tour groups in here they often asked me before this distillery where they can get moonshine, now we have a place for them to get it legally."

A project that they hope will bring much more than just tourists to the area, "Going to be both a manufacturing and a retail business in this area. We don't have a lot of those manufacturing jobs coming in, so it is going to be great to have a place that both produces a product and sells it."

A unique attraction for visitors and a spark for the community.

They hope to be up and running for the Christmas shopping season.

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