Hatfield and McCoy Descendants Discover Battle Site

Aug 8, 2015

The Hatfield and McCoy descendants came armed — with digging tools. Working together as volunteers, they helped archaeologists unearth artifacts from one of the bloodiest sites in America's most famous feud.

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The leader of the dig says they have pinpointed the place where Randolph McCoy's home was set ablaze in the woods of eastern Kentucky during a murderous New Year's attack by the Hatfield clan. Two McCoys were gunned down in the 1888 ambush. It marked a turning point in the families' cross-border feud in Kentucky and West Virginia.

In a region slammed by a slumping coal industry, retracing the McCoy homestead could provide more momentum to lure visitors.

The property is owned by Hatfield descendant Bob Scott, who would like to build a replica cabin on the same spot.