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More digs coming to Hatfield & McCoy feud sites

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A popular history channel mini-series brought the Hatfield's and the McCoy's back into the national spotlight. Now, officials in Pike County say thanks to the renewed popularity more digs searching for family artifacts are coming soon.

Orange flags along the hillside at the Randall McCoy home place mark where bullets were found during a dig done by National Geographic in September.

Property owner, Bob Scott says, "There were bullets, part of old stove, old grate, burnt wood, square nails...we didn't find a body but we did find artifacts and I truly believe there's more."

The interest in the feud from The History Channel's mini-series, along with the recovery of these artifacts has drawn visitors from around the world. Scott explains, "Every state has been represented, and six foreign countries."

George Cortaz and his family came all the way from the country of Lebanon to Eastern Kentucky to visit the sites. Cortaz says, "I am a physician in Lebanon and I came here to visit because I was intrigued by the Hatfield and McCoy feud and I heard they found artifacts here through National Geographic. I looked up more about it on the internet and I am just really intrigued to learn more."

The success of the dig at the Randall McCoy home place along with worldwide interest in the feud is what county officials say has motivated them to get more digs these sites.

Pike County officials have been in contact with the Kentucky Heritage Council and archeologists across the state about getting more digs at the feud sites

Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says, "It is history, and we are obligated to do everything we can to promote the Hatfield and McCoy feud. From the economy to the tourism end we are going to do our best to promote the feud that happened right here in Pike County, Kentucky."

Judge Rutherford says there are now archeological societies from around the country looking to conduct digs in Pike County. The future digs will take place at all sites listed in 1976 by the Kentucky and Pike County heritage commissions and the Pike County Government on the National Registry of Historic Places.


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