On December 7, 2016, I visited the Randolph McCoy Home Place in Hardy, Pike County, Kentucky. Neil Warren provided a friendly welcome to the property and offered detailed historical insight into the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. If you are following the Hatfield and McCoy Driving Tour brochure, this is Site 3.
Signage leading to the Randolph McCoy Home Site in Hardy, Pike County, KY. Local resident Neil Warren will likely greet you right away and provide much historical information. Mr. Warren is a great host.
Here I am standing “inside” of the Randolph McCoy home. This is the location of the infamous New Year’s Day raid in 1888. It was incredibly powerful to visit the location of this tragedy, which I first read about as a high school student over 25 years ago. The awful events that transpired here are what brought the feud to national attention. Photo by Suzy Phillips (descendant of Frank Phillips).
Just back of the McCoy home site is this woody slope. I looked up into these trees and imagined Hatfields swarming down upon the McCoy cabin. After surveying the property, my lasting impression of this site was: “I don’t see how Randolph McCoy survived this attack.”
This large bottom is located behind Randolph McCoy old home site. “King” George Wyant and Tim “Ringy” Saylor of National Geographic’s “Diggers” TV program have twice visited here. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/diggers/episodes/hatfields-mccoys/
The wooded slope behind the McCoy cabin fascinated me. The McCoy cabin had been extremely close to the slope making it easy to shoot down on Randolph McCoy’s family from above… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc1AWh40PZ4
The Randolph McCoy well. Wonderful to realize that Randolph and his family drank from it. A piece of history.