Hatfield and McCoy Feud Sites Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (304) 235-5240 or
Matewan Depot (304) 426-4239.
The Hatfield-McCoy Feud is the most famous feud in American history. It occurred in Mingo County, WV and adjacent Pike County, KY. Dozens of books and movies have been made about this world famous conflict. The sites of many key events are accessible for visitors and there are brochures, maps, an audio driving tour and locally produced films available to enhance the visitor’s experience. Live narrated tours are also available for groups of 10 or more.
Come ride the largest and best network of ATV trails east of the Mississippi. If you like ATV’s, dirt bikes or motor sports then you don’t want to miss this. Bring your own vehicle or rent one from several local outfitters. This is fun for the whole family with trails for beginners, experienced riders and the truly hard core. Guided tours are also available and the scenery is breathtaking.
Site of theMatewan Massacre (304) 426-4239
The Matewan Massacre is an event that sparked the largest armed uprising in America since the Civil War. It was a time when large coal companies used bribes, intimidation and hired gunmen to control the lives of every person in southern West Virginia. In the town of Matewan, WV a group of men, led by town constable Sid Hatfield, stood up to the coal company enforcers, the Baldwin Felts Guards. This confrontation ended in a shootout that claimed the lives of nine people and made Sid Hatfield a living legend all across America. This event eventually led to the Battle of Blair Mountain where 10,000 armed miners faced off against the forces of the US military.
An old coal town that was the site of the Matewan Massacre and was a central location in the Hatfield McCoy Feud. It also has a trail head for the Hatfield McCoy ATV Trails. The town features the Matewan Depot Museum, the burial site of Sid Hatfield and many other points of interest. A great place for anyone interested in history, coal or railroads. A must see that ison the National Register of Historic Places.
Sid Hatfield Grave Site (304) 426-4239
Sid Hatfield was the central figure in the Matewan Massacre. In an era when large coal companies ruled every aspect of life in southern West Virginia, Sid Hatfield rebelled against the authority of the coal companies hired enforcers the Baldwin Felts Guards. Sid Hatfield’s death incited the largest armed uprising in America since the Civil War. He is buried on Radio Hill near the town of Matewan along with several other key participants in the Matewan Massacre.
Matewan Train Depot (304) 426-4239
The Matewan Depot contains a museum, film screening room and lots of artifacts, pictures and information about the Hatfield McCoy Feud, Matewan Massacre, Battle of Blair Mountain, coal mining and railroad history. Among many other great treats, the Depot has the actual gun and badge of Al Felts who was killed while leading the Baldwin Felts Guards during the Matewan Massacre.
R.D. Bailey Lake WMA P.O. Drawer 70, Justice WV 24851-0070
(304) 664-3229 or (304) 664-9587
(17,280 acres) Located 15 miles west of Pineville on state Route 97. R.D. Bailey Lake covers 630 acres and provides excellent warm water fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, crappie, catfish, carp, walleye and tiger musky. Trout are stocked in the tailwater. A Corps of Engineers-operated 169-site camping area along the Guyandotte River is open from May 1 to November 1. A public boat launching site is located at the head of the lake. The lake is surrounded by mostly oak-hickory forest and rugged terrain. A large expanse of forest provides good hunting opportunities for deer (archery only), squirrel, ruffed grouse, turkey, raccoon and black bear. A 200-yard rifle range is located on the site. Fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink and muskrat can be trapped in the area. Owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. R.D. Bailey Lake and Dam (304) 664-3220. Counties: Mingo, Wyoming
Laurel Lake WMA (304) 235-4240
(12,854 acres) Located northeast of Lenore off state Route 65. Laurel Lake is 29 acres and provides fishing for channel catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill. Catchable-sized trout are stocked monthly from February through May. This rugged area features steep slopes with narrow ridges and valleys covered with mixed hardwood forest, numerous hemlocks and a thick understory. Hunting opportunities exist for deer, bear, turkey, raccoon, grouse and squirrel. No camping is allowed. Owned by the Forest Land Group and the WVDNR. Managed by WVDNR. Laurel Lake picnic, swimming pool under construction and bathhouses.
This 100 year old, former train tunnel was converted into a highway tunnel in the 1960’s and still serves the public today. The Dingess Tunnel is just under a mile long and is rumored to be haunted by the victims of train accidents from its past. Driving through the tunnel is an adventure in itself. The tunnel road is only one lane wide so those driving through the tunnel must drive slowly, flash their lights and blow their horn to warn travelers at the other end not to enter. It’s like going on a fun house ride without ever getting out of your car. Don’t worry though. There have been very few accidents at the tunnel and its lots of fun.
Dingess Petroglyphs Five panels of ancient writings that were originally part of a rock outcropping that sheltered humans. The Dingess Petroglyphs were removed from their original location due to impending strip mining of their original site. They presently reside in nearby Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area.
An unusual course located high atop a mountain. The course was built on the site of a former strip mine but you’ll never know it. This 18 hole course is in a beautiful setting with breathtaking scenery and great play. Many of this course’s most avid fans travel over two hours every weekend to play it.
The Coal House 2nd Ave. and Court St.
Williamson, WV 25661
One of only two building in the world made entirely of coal. The structure was built from 65 tons of coal in 1933 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This landmark also serves as the region’s tourist information center and stocks lots of regional souvenirs and mementos.
Delbarton Opry House
Features great live music every Saturday night all year round. If you like country, bluegrass or gospel music you should visit the Delbarton Opry. Free and open to the public. Bring your band or your instrument and play along dancing too.
Larry Joe Harless Community Center PO Box 1987
Gilbert WV 25621
Features a movie theatre, fitness center, tennis courts, indoor pool and arcade. Located near a Hatfield McCoy ATV Trailhead and the Twisted Gun Golf Course.
Williamson Railroad Museum (304) 235-0105
Located at 300 Prichard St. in Williamson, this museum is housed in a vintage Pullman railroad passenger car and a caboose. It features artifacts, tools, photos and documents related to N&W railroad history.
Coal House #800004297
Second Avenue and Court Street
Hatfield Cemetery #80004033
South of New Town on SR 6
New Town, WV
Matewan Historic District #930000303
Roughly bounded by McCoy Alley, Railroad Alley, Mate St., underpass and Warm Hollow to the head of the hollow
Recognized for its contribution to American Labor history, this town is the site of the Matewan Massacre. Includes a museum, visitors center, walking tour, audio and visual presentations.
Mountaineer Hotel #97000265
31 E. 2ND Ave.
Price, R.T. House #90001989
2405 W. Third Ave.
Smith, Elven C. House #02000899
210 Little Oak Street