Hatfield and McCoy mini-series bringing hundreds to Pike Co.

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

America's most infamous feud is getting even more popular after a mini-series on the History Channel.

This weekend the annual Hatfield and McCoy Festival was held in Pike County and hundreds of people from all over the country came to take part in tours and other events.

"Recent weeks we have seen our numbers triple by 300 by gift shops and people here in our office," said Executive Director of the Pike County Tourism Office Tony Tackett.

They came wanting to see the infamous sites of a feud that took place more than 100 years ago.

"It does make you feel like you went back in time sort and you are walking around actually seeing it," said one visitor Karen Holt.

She is visiting with her family from Tennessee. They have roots in West Virginia, none that directly tie them to the Hatfields or McCoys, but they are here to find out more about their family history.

Tourism officials say that many come to the festival to find out more about where they come from.

"People come back and they want to know if their grandmother is a Hatfield are the kin to this Hatfield, or if their grandparents were McCoy's, were they kinned to that McCoy," said Tackett.

Even though the festival has ended, Tackett expect this growing interest in the feud to continue.

The Pike County Tourism Office is open seven days a week right now due to all of the interest in the Hatfield and McCoy feud.

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