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McCoy Well and Homeplace.

McCoy Well and Homeplace

Field review by the editors.

Hardy, Kentucky

Randolph McCoy, leader of the McCoy clan, lived here until New Year's Day 1888. That's when the Hatfields attacked.

They wanted to kill Randolph, but he escaped -- so instead they killed one of his sons, one of his daughters, nearly beat his wife to death, and burned down the house. Randolph was too weak to counterattack (he had lost five of his children to the feud), so he moved his family several miles west to Pikeville, where he spent his remaining years operating a ferry.

The property's current owner welcomes visitors, as do the inhabitants of the adjacent houses (One of them sold us a Hatfield-Mccoy t-shirt out of his garage). The well where the daughter was killed has been turned into a photo-op; decorative pigs hearken back to an earlier Hatfield-McCoy confrontation. In 2018 a dead cedar tree on the property was chainsawed into an eight-foot-tall likeness of Randolph.

Bullets and other debris dug out of the surrounding turf are now displayed in Pikeville's museum as important Hatfield-McCoy relics.

Also see: Hatfield-McCoy Feudin' Trail

McCoy Well and Homeplace

Hwy 319, Hardy, KY
On the southbound side of Hwy 319, either three miles north of its intersection with Hwy 1056, or four miles south of its intersection with US Hwy 119. Although the attraction is on the southbound side of the road, there's a gravel parking area on the northbound side of the road; park there. The well is behind a private home, but visitors are welcome.
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Forbidden McCoy CemeteryForbidden McCoy Cemetery, Hardy, KY - < 1 mi.
Hatfield-McCoy Love Baby GraveHatfield-McCoy Love Baby Grave, Burnwell, KY - 2 mi.
Hatfield-McCoy ParkHatfield-McCoy Park, McCarr, KY - 2 mi.
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Big Sandy Heritage Museum: Hatfield-McCoy, Pikeville, KY - 19 mi.

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