HARDY, Ky. – Something truly amazing happened this past weekend in Hardy, Kentucky. Descendants of the feuding Hatfields & McCoys gathered at the McCoy Well to hold Sunday service, with a sermon provided by Pastor William Keith Hatfield, great grandson of “Devil” Anse Hatfield. Also present was Gary McCoy, feud descendant, who, in a show of unity, gave some closing remarks. The service featured live music and performances by Marlana VanHoose, Jessica Large-Gillum, JD Hall, Jason Goble and the Hatfield and Mccoy Arts Council, Inc. Artist Vera Kay Hankins was also present, creating pencil artwork of this monumental event.
“What a trip,” said Pastor Hatfield. “Preaching of ‘Him who gave His best’ yesterday on the site where my lineage did our worst as a family to others, was a sacred moment to in my life. I’m grateful to the Lord to have been allowed to participate in that.”
“It was amazing to me to see Devil Anse’s great grandson speak about how believing the devil’s lies leads to horrible things,” said Jay Shepherd, Pike County Tourism CVB Marketing Director. “Over the years, it’s been a joy to witness the Hatfield and McCoy families bring a message of peace and forgiveness to the world. We are in need of their example now more than ever.”
Bob and Rita Scott, owners of the McCoy property, welcomed members of both families, as well as visitors to this remarkable event.
Magistrate Bobby Varney was also present at the event, welcoming guests and sharing some words on his love for Hatfield-McCoy heritage.
The Well is the site of the infamous 1888 New Years Massacre, where the Hatfields launched a surprise attack on the McCoy cabin, burning it to the ground, leaving two of Randolph McCoy’s children dead, and his wife severely beaten.
Historic Trail Signage Unveiled at Special Hatfield McCoy Sunday Service
Over the weekend, a very special event occurred in Hardy, Kentucky. The Hatfields and McCoys gathered together for a Sunday service at the McCoy Well, the site of the 1888 New Years Massacre. The service concluded with the unveiling of new signage for the Randolph McCoy Trail, a historic trail that leads visitors to the various historic feud sites of Pike County, Kentucky and Mingo/Logan County, West Virginia.
“We have worked very hard over the past few years to secure signage for the very popular Hatfield McCoy Feud Historic Tour,” said Tony K. Tackett, Executive Director of Pike County Tourism CVB. “Our County government and our partners with Kentucky Tourism have made it possible to get this done, and we are so thankful for them.”
Signage for the feud tour is located along US 119 and KY 319.