PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Pike County is in the national spotlight thanks to an article published in The New York Times. Officials say this article is another example of how interest in the Hatfield and McCoy feud continues to grow.
It is no secret that since History Channel's mini-series Hatfields and McCoys aired, officials say tourism is booming in Pike County as the feud sites draw people's attention from all around the world.
City of Pikeville Tourism Director, Jesse Bowling says, "It has drawn national attention and worldwide attention, as in 2012 we saw visitors from seven different countries."
Tourist George Cortaz explains why he traveled all the way from the country of Lebanon to Eastern Kentucky, "I am a physician in Lebanon and I came here to visit because I was enthusiastic about the Hatfield and McCoy feud and I heard they found some artifacts here."
Now, the tourism the family feud attracts is featured in an article published in The New York Times. An author recently traveled with Reo Hatfield, one of the family members who signed the treaty in 2003 to end the feud, as he visited the sites.
Bowling says, "This article is just another piece of information that is going to help promote the Hatfield and McCoy feud. We greatly appreciate Mr. Hatfield taking his time and coming down to view the sites. Him being the one that signed the treaty in 2003 means a great deal to us, to the city, and to the county."
Officials say the key to the continuing growth of tourism is the partnership between the city and county to promote the feud, including getting more archeological digs to feud sites.
Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says, "It is history, it is something we are required to do, it is economic development, tourism, and we are going to do everything we can to promote the Hatfield and McCoy in Pike County, Kentucky."