Hatfield-McCoy Love Baby Grave.
Tombstone of Lewis McCoy, a photogenic but un-famous McCoy dead baby.

Hatfield-McCoy Love Baby Grave

Field review by the editors.

Burnwell, Kentucky

The Hatfield-McCoy feud really began boiling in 1880. That's when Johnse Hatfield, son of clan leader "Devil Anse" Hatfield, accidentally met Roseanna McCoy, daughter of clan leader Randolph McCoy, at a local event. The two immediately began a torrid romance. Roseanna became pregnant. This could have led to peace between the two feuding clans, but it didn't. Roseanna was rejected by both sides; the love baby, Sally, lived only a few months before dying; Johnse ran off with Roseanna's 16-year-old cousin; Roseanna lost her will to live and perished from a broken heart.

Modern visitors can experience a little of Roseanna's pain by climbing the 130 steps to her baby's grave, atop a hill with a number of other local baby graves. All of the tiny headstones are overshadowed by the large, modern granite markers explaining the love baby's significance.

Also see: Hatfield-McCoy Feudin' Trail

Hatfield-McCoy Love Baby Grave

Address:
Lower Stringtown Rd, Burnwell, KY
Directions:
From US Hwy 119 in Goody, turn south onto Hwy 292. Drive about five miles. Turn right onto Lower Stringtown Rd. You'll see the tiny parking area, and the stairway to the cemetery, on the right.
Admission:
Free.
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Nearby Offbeat Places

Forbidden McCoy CemeteryForbidden McCoy Cemetery, Hardy, KY - 2 mi.
McCoy Well and HomeplaceMcCoy Well and Homeplace, Hardy, KY - 2 mi.
Matewan Flood WallMatewan Flood Wall, Matewan, WV - 3 mi.
In the region:
Site of First Hatfield-McCoy Killing, Blackberry, KY - 5 mi.

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