Tourism increases after Hatfield-McCoy mini-series

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The History Channel's Hatfield and McCoy mini-series has attracted a lot of attention from people in this area, but officials in Pike County say tourism numbers have gone way up since the series began.

They are two names that almost everyone knows.

The feud between two families made history in Appalachia, and it is now getting attention from all over the country.

"We have gotten calls from Texas to Georgia. We've had calls from Ohio and Indiana all the way into Michigan," said Pike County Tourism Executive Director Tony Tackett.

It is all thanks to The History Channel's mini-series about the feud.

Tourism officials say that people have been flooding into town just to see a little of the Hatfield and McCoy history for themselves, like at the courthouse where many of the trials and convictions took place.

"It's been beyond our expectations. We've been getting requests for brochures that tell about the feud sites and places people can visit at a rate today last I checked of about two per minute," said Pike County Tourism Vice Chair Reed Potter.

And some "real McCoys" came from Ohio to learn a little more about their ancestors.

"We come through here all the time but we don't stop, but after seeing the little mini-series we decided we needed to get here," said Tim McCoy.

But some officials say the history lessons people get in Pike County might be a little different from what they have seen in the mini-series.

"I think what they wanted to do was make a fascinating film and to take something that was true to storyline and bring it together in a little bit different way, maybe more fantasized. But it's a great story. People will enjoy it, and people will enjoy the sites they get to visit," said Tackett.

And these McCoys hope to learn a lot more from Pike County.

"I'd love to find out exactly what my ancestry is over here. We've always heard, but no proof," said McCoy.

Officials say they couldn't be happier with the response.

Anyone wanting more information about the Hatfields and McCoys can contact the Pike County Tourism Office.

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