Things to See
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Hatfield and McCoy Feud Sites
The Hatfield-McCoy Feud is the most famous feud in American history. It occurred in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. 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. Access to all sites is free and open to the public.
The burial site of Devil Anse Hatfield. Devil Anse was the legendary leader of the Hatfield clan during the world famous Hatfield-McCoy Feud. The cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and features a life-size statue of Devil Anse carved in Italian marble. The cemetery also holds the grave of Johnse Hatfield, whose love affair with a McCoy was a central part of the feud story. In addition, the cemetery is the final resting place of many other key players in the feud.
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, the Matewan Massacre site and many other points of interest. A great place for anyone interested in history, coal or railroads. A must see that is on the National Register of Historic Places. (304) 426-4239http://www.matewanwv.com
Museum in the Park
Regional cultural center and museum that showcases the best in West Virginia history and the arts. Changing exhibits and displays. Free admission. (304) 792-7229.http://www.wvculture.org/museum/MITPmod.html
Blair Mountain Battle Site
This is the site of the largest battle on American soil since the Civil War. The murder of Sid Hatfield incited coal miners from West Virginia and around the country to take up arms. Sid Hatfield had become a hero to the miners when he stood up to the Baldwin Felts Mine Guards at the Matewan Massacre. In 1921, 10,000 armed miners began marching to Mingo County in order to save the people there from what they saw as the oppressive control of the coal companies. This miner’s army was met by a heavily armed contingent supported by the coal companies on the Logan County line. This battle continued for several days until the U.S. Military was called in and eventually ended the conflict.
Don Chafin House
This was the home of Don Chafin who was Logan County Sheriff during the West Virginia's Mine Wars. Chafin was a central figure in the Battle of Blair Mountain. He was deeply aligned with the non-union coal companies at a time when the United Mine Workers were trying to organize West Virginia's southern coalfields. Angered by abuses of power, 10,000 armed union miners attempted a march through Logan County in 1921. They were met at the Logan county line by Sheriff Chafin and 3,000 deputies, mine guards and state police. The ensuing battle was the largest armed conflict on American soil since the Civil War. Sheriff Chafin’s home is located in Logan, WV on 581 Main Street.
Site of the Matewan Massacre
The Matewan Massacre is an event that sparked the largest armed conflict 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 a group of men, led by town constable Sid Hatfield, stood up to the coal company’s enforcers. 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 power of the U.S. military. (304) 426-4239http://www.matewanwv.com
Sid Hatfield Grave Site
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. Sid Hatfield’s death incited the largest armed battle 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.
Chief Logan State Park
This 3,300 acre park is one of the most visited in the West Virginia state park system. It features a wildlife center, hiking trails, a swimming pool with water slide, tennis, miniature golf, a 25 site campground and the Museum in the Park. The park also has a brand new lodge with 75 modern rooms, indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant and conference facilities. http//www.chiefloganstatepark.com (304) 792-7125 and
http://www.chiefloganlodge.com (304) 855-6100.
The Coal House
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. 2nd Ave. and Court St. Williamson, WV 25661; (304) 235-5240http://www.tugvalleychamberofcommerce.com/
Buffalo Creek Disaster Monument
Visit the site honoring victims of the Buffalo Creek Flood. This industrial disaster destroyed an entire community. It killed 125 people, injured 1,121 and left over 4,000 homeless. Three coal waste dams collapsed and sent more than 132 million gallons of black waste water on a deadly rampage down the valley. The flood demolished 546 homes and damaged 943 more. Kistler, WVhttp://www.herald-dispatch.com/specialsections/100years/x1107815709/Gallery-The-Buffalo-Creek-Flood
This recently renovated hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Classical Revival building was built in 1925. Many famous people have stayed at the Mountaineer including President John F. Kennedy, Henry Ford, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams. 31 E 2nd Ave; Williamson, WV 25661 Ph: 304-235-2222http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountaineer_Hotel
The Aracoma Hotel
This was the command center for Don Chafin and the anti-union forces during the Battle of Blair Mountain. In addition, John F. Kennedy stayed at the hotel during his run for the Presidency in 1960.
There are numerous railroad related site in the region. The Williamson rail yard is one of the largest in the world and has one of the few operating roundhouses in the country. The Peach Creek rail yard is another great place to watch trains. There are two wonderful period train depots that have been converted into municipal building in Logan and Williamson. There is also a perfectly reconstructed train depot in Matewan that now houses a museum. At Chief Logan State Park there is a well-preserved Lima steam locomotive used by the C&O railroad that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Plus there are dozens of tunnels and trestles throughout the area that are great for photographing.
The area is filled with interesting coal related sites. There are coal tipples, coal camps, mine overseer homes, exposed coal seams, active deep mines, strip mines and much more.
Chuck Yeager Monument
This monument is dedicated to the man who broke the sound barrier, Brigadier-General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager. He was a WWII flying ace and famous test pilot. His exploits have been featured in numerous films and books including, "The Right Stuff". The plane he broke the sound barrier in now hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. A statue of Chuck is located on the lawn of the Hamlin High School and there is a monument to him at the welcome sign into Lincoln County. (304) 824-3036
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 a train accident that occurred inside it. 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 leaving your car. Don’t worry though. There have been very few accidents at the tunnel and its lots of fun.http://www.williamsondailynews.com/tourism/dingess_tunnel/
Five panels of ancient writings that were originally part of a rock outcropping that sheltered humans. The markings are said to resemble Irish or Celtic Ogham but it is believed that they were most likely created by American Indians or their ancestors. The exact age and origin of these writings is unknown. The Dingess Petroglyphs were removed from their original location due to impending strip mining. They presently reside in the nearby Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area.http://www.tugvalleychamberofcommerce.com/Petroglyphs.html
Doughboy Monument and Memorial
This statue honors those who gave their life in what was once known as the War to End All Wars. America’s contribution to winning WWI is what established our country as a world superpower. This monument honors the men who sacrificed their all in what was the most devastating war in history at the time. The statue is of a larger than life World War I Soldier. The bronze statue stands seven ft. tall and sits atop a twelve foot base of gray granite. Middleburg Island, Logan, WV.