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How to get a Visa for a Trip to China ?

My husband and I have a bucket list. We pretty much sit around on our day jobs and do the things that are required of us, but secretly in our minds we are always thinking about where we will go next.

Once we decided that we were going to just go straight to the top of the bucket list and clear off China (the number one must do thing on our list) it became a rush to the airport for us. That’s pretty much how most of our trips happen. One minute we are dreaming and the next we are booking tickets.

I admit that this one has taken me a little by surprise in the budgeting. At this moment, I am about $1500.00 over budget on what I thought it was going to cost.

One of the things I most tell people when they ask me about trip planning is to allow a markup for the things you don’t know. Something like 20-25% usually will cover it for us. This trip has, however, exceeded that for sure.

I suppose, it probably speaks to my inexperience that I didn’t budget in for the cost of a visa to either China or Cambodia. Within a week of our purchasing our tickets we realized we needed to get our butts in gear fast to round those up.

We used a company called Travisa for getting the Visa in China. We live in West Virginia so the nearest offices for the visa would be Washington, DC. I considered driving there myself, 6 hours one way, but in the end, did the math and determined that my lack of experience with the process could result in my having to drive there, do it wrong, drive home and then pay the company to do it. So I bucked up and ordered the kit and sent our passports to them the next day.

 

How to get a Visa for China

The way it works is fairly simple. Pay them the fees, print and fill out all the papers that they send you, sign everything and put all the required documents with the forms and your passports (good for at least six months past the date of travel) and drop it into the Fed-ex box and wait.

The wait was only 24 hours before our first communications came back. The company does a fantastic job keeping you updated on where you are in the process. Today the lady informed me that our bill was ready and the visa should be ready by next week and once payment was cleared they would ship our visa and passport back to us by overnight delivery and we should be ready to go. (Did I mention the wait part?)

In stark contrast to that, the Cambodian visas were a much simpler process. I used this website and filled out the paperwork online and provided everything, including a digital version of our passport photo for the visa and paid the fees associated. Within an hour, I had both mine and my husbands visas applied for and within 10 hours I had both of them printed and in my hand ready to go. You can apply for a Cambodian Visa at the airport when you land in the country but because neither my husband or I understand the language we try to take care of everything that we can in advance of  a trip to a country that will be hard to communicate in.

The visa for China has not been approved yet but hopefully we will have it in hand this time next week and I can go back to sleeping at night instead of refreshing the page just in case they send me an email for any more information that I haven’t already provided.

 


When you apply for a visa for China you need to provide quite a bit of information. I was actually pretty impressed with their system and how much information they required for a tourist to visit the country.

  • A US Passport that is good for at least 6 months longer than your trip dates. I imagine always that is because if heaven forbid something happens and you get sick and stuck in their country or some other unforeseen set of circumstances should happen that you didn’t get home on time you would still have a passport that was valid when it was time to come home. Yikes, lets don’t think about that.
  • A list of every single place that you will go, sleep and be during the trip. You provide these and they literally register you with the US Embassy in the places you will visit so that you are accounted for while in the other country with both the other country and with the American government. This makes me feel safe in several ways.
  • A copy of your flights, tickets and hotel reservations, etc.
  • A letter of invitation from the person who has asked you to stay with them or visit them and all sorts of information on that person  are visiting them, if that is the case. I didn’t have to do this because of course, I don’t know anyone in China.
  • They ask about your history, family to contact in emergencies and all the normal stuff that you would expect as well. Several questions asked what your plans were and why you wanted to visit China. That was not hard to answer since there are so many things that are amazing in China.
  • You had to provide a passport photo. We got those made at our local CVS store. You had to send that in with the packet and I assume they use that to put your photo on the visa that goes with your passport for the trip.

 

FEES FOR THE TOURIST VISA TO CHINA 


  • 140.00 China Tourist Visa Consular Fee
  • 140.00 China Tourist Visa Consular Fee for my husband
  • 25.00 to register with the US Embassy in all the places that we will visit
  • 164.00 China Tourist Standard Travisa Fee
  • 164.00 China Tourist Standard Travisa Fee for my husband
  • 44.00 UPS Next day Air returning the passports and visas to us
  • 16.52 Consular Processing Fee for speeding up the process
  • 38.00 Shipping label from us to Travisa
  • 40.00 Passport replacement fees for in case they are ever lost while traveling

Bringing the total for the Visa for visiting China to a whopping $771.52 ! That is as much as a cruise to the Bahamas on a sale weeekend ! Wow, right.

First, I would say, I love a country that makes it as hard as possible for people to just wander into it and cause chaos. So, I applaud China for that part. I sometimes wish it were far harder for people to just stroll into America without having to tell the government where they are going and who they will talk to every second. I think if we had more of that, maybe there would be less terrorism. However, it really was a huge cost that I wasn’t planning for so yikes on that part.

 

Fees for the Cambodia Visa


  • 36.00 Visa fees for each of us total & pretty much instant approval & printing

 

Hopefully, all will go well and I will update this post in a week to say how the whole process plays out and if we will be leaving for our trip to China next month with a Visa in hand. Fingers crossed….

Less than a week later…

We got our passports and China Visa back today. They put a visa into the inside of our passports and sent them secure back by fedex. We are all good to go and have our paperwork in order for both the Chinese and Cambodian legs of the trip. Exciting.

I will post more of every stage of the actual trip at a later date, once I have all the details lined out and figure out what we are doing each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Seven Wonders of the World

Over the last couple years we have been blessed to get to travel. I have seen so many amazing things, I can’t even count. But the list of things that we still want to see is far longer than the list of ones we have already enjoyed.

The Great Wall of China is always at the top of a bucket list. So we have decided to take one last trip this year to mark that one off while we are still able. I know, it sounds like I think I wont have enough time to see everything. My 13 year old son said “Mom, are you sure that you don’t have cancer or something that you are not telling me” when I told him that we were going to China.

I don’t feel like I am in a hurry. But I do feel like when I leave this world I am going to not have gotten to see all the amazing things that I want to see.

The truth is, so many of my friends and family say to me, YOU ARE CRAZY FOR GOING THERE when I am planning trips. Or, I AM NEVER GOING THERE, is pretty common as well.

I was around 45 when I started traveling with my husband and I cant tell you how much the experiences have changed my every day life. When I eat, I have a new found appreciation for all the many choices that I have in America. When I drive my car, I find myself praying while driving, thanking God for the opportunities that I have had and the freedom to go where I wish, when I wish.

Every aspect of my life has been altered by the time and sights I have seen while traveling.

And Bill likes to say that good travel makes you want good travel. I have a sign in my bedroom that says, Travel is the only thing you can spend money on that makes you richer. That’s so true.

We can hardly wait for our November trip to China. I have been hard at the planning stage and almost have it entirely figured out. When I first started traveling I remember how scared I was. I still have moments that I have fears. But the rewards always out weight the stress or worry. Sometimes, we get lost. Sometimes, we can’t understand what people are saying. Sometimes, I even cry. But it is ALWAYS worth it for the experience.

 

Our Bucket List Life

 

Our list of thing to see in China: 

The current bucket list items is as follows: 

 

A few things we hope to see eventually: 

  • Channel Tunnel, Strait of Dover
  • CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Golden Gate Bridge in California
  • Panama Canal
  • Washington State & Mount Rushmore
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mount Everest
  • The Great Barrier Reef in Austrailia
  • The South Pole
  • The Amazon Rainforest

 

Some of the other amazing things we have already seen:

  • The Roman Colosseum
  • Stonehenge
  • The location of the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • The Pyramids of Giza & The Great Sphinx
  •  The Belize Barrier Reef
  • Hoover Dam
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Paris
  • London
  • Egypt
  • Milan & The Last Supper
  • Florence
  • Split in Croatia
  • Amsterdam
  • Dubrovnik
  • Olympia and the first Olympic Stadium
  • Greece
  • Athens, The Acropolis
  • Carnevale Venice
  • Istanbul
  • Bath, England
  • Belize
  • Cayman Islands
  • Jamaica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Turks and Caicos
  • San Juan Puerto Rico
  • St Croix
  • St John
  • Cockburn Town
  • Key West Florida
  • Nassau
  • The Bahamas
  • Cozomel
  • Cancun Mexico

A few things out west we want to visit:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Redwood National Park
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Burning Man Festival
  • Petrified Forest
  • South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Hoover Dam (Again)
  • Lower Antelope Canyon
  • Bryce Canyon

 

I think everyone has a bucket list, right ? Ours keeps growing. We see new things in books and movies and before you know it the list needs revisions. I hope when my life is over there will be many more things that I clear from this list. But if I have to leave this life sooner than expected, I am so grateful for each and every single thing that I have already gotten to see.

 

 

 

 

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Complete Visitors Guide for Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

April 2018 this page is under construction

Hatfield McCoy Country is an area that covers about 50 miles square but if you drive to each of the locations as I have them listed here you will travel many more miles than this. I have tried to give you the most direct route for seeing everything without any more backtracking than is necessary.  So, it's a very long  journey for a single day. In a perfect world you can do it all in a weekend visit. Come in on Friday and stay in one of the main towns.

  • Pikeville Kentucky
  • Matewan West Virginia
  • Williamson West Virginia

Each of these three towns will offer its own kind of charm. You can click on each of them above to get more information on starting your journey from a hotel in the individual communities.

I have built THIS MAP to begin at the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum in Williamson West Virginia #1 on the maps. After visiting the Museum you can start your journey at #1, The Hatfield McCoy Country Museum, and move along the numbered locations as I have them and you can see everything in the simplest route possible with the least amount of going in circles.

You can click HERE to go to the information page for the Hatfield McCoy Feud. There you will find all the detailed information about the feud, my family connection and the Hatfield McCoy Country Museum. 

On this page I am going to try to give you a complete visitors guide to the sites of the Hatfield McCoy Feud.

HATFIELD MCCOY COUNTRY MUSEUM

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | HATFIELD MCCOY COUNTRY MUSEUM | STOP #1

This location is first because any tour of the feud sites must begin with a little information about the history of this historic family feud.

You can visit the museum by contacting the museum directly or contacting me here at this site to set up your appointment. For the majority of the year, right now, you will need an appointment to visit the museum

  • whatwendysaid@gmail.com
  • hatfieldmccoycountrymuseum@gmail.com

 

Things to see on this stop. 

  • A replica 1920's coal camp house room
  • The Underground Theater
  • Items seen on American Pickers
  • Original documents from the Hatfield McCoy Feud.
  • A replica log cabin standing inside the museum containing historical documents that you can walk inside and explore.
  • Items touched by Devil Anse Hatfield
  • Henry Ford's script making machine
  • Burial records of Devil Anse, Johnse, Cap and Levicy Hatfield
  • Mamie Thurman's death certificate and burial records
  • A set of display panels with information about the industrial revolution and how this area and our coal mining fueled the growth of steel.
  • The Bee Ward coal mining collection
  • MUCH MORE

Turn by Turn Directions from The Hatfield McCoy Country Museum #1 to The Hatfield McCoy White Lightning Moonshine Distillery Building #2.

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

DISTILLERY BUILDING

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE WHITE LIGHTNING DISTILLERY BUILDING | STOP #2

This spot is sad a little since it was so filled with excitement and hope when it originally became famous. The building was the distillery for the Hatfield McCoy White Lighting television show. The Hatfield and McCoy families came together in 2012 to start a moonshine business and create the first of the Hatfield McCoy Moonshines. However, the two families proved to not be able to work together a hundred years after the feud and the business broke apart and ended in law suits and the television series cancelled after the first season. The building still stands and you can get great photos from the exterior of the structure and even peek inside the large plate glass window on the front that lets you see into the distillery.

This is worth driving by and stopping for a quick photo outside. You can get more information on the moonshine from both the Hatfields and the McCoys that came after this series and see more about the show HERE

Things to see on this stop. 

  • The facade of the Hatfield McCoy White Lighting Moonshine Distillery where the reality TV show was filmed by the History Channel.
  • The geocache at this location
  • This stop is no more than a drive by between the museum and The Coal House for a photo stop so no real time is added by visiting the location

THE GEOCACHE AT THIS LOCATION

 

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Traditional Geocache

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GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Turn by Turn Directions from #2 The Distillery Building to #3 The Coal House

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

THE COAL HOUSE

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COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE COAL HOUSE | STOP #3

This is a unique stop on your visit of feud country because the building you find here is made entirely from coal that was mined locally. Coal is our most abundant fossil fuel resource today, and is used to generate more than half of our nation's electrical power. There are many other important uses, such as in the production of iron, steel, and other metals as well as in the cement industry. 

Here at the Coal House you can see a very unique use of coal. A structure with walls that are made entirely of cut blocks of coal. A total of 64 tons of bituminous coal was used in the construction.

Locally known as "The Coal House" it was placed on the National Historic Register in 1980. It was built in 1933 with civic support for the project. Materials, labor and cash were donated by local firms and individuals, and the one-story building was designed by architect H.T. Hicks, of Welch, West Virginia. The coal used in the construction was mined locally and donated by several major coal companies.

The exterior surface of the Coal House is protected from weathering by an application mixture of enamel and varnish every two years. Thus far, little erosion has occurred. The Coal House has always been the home to the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce. Today you can go inside and experience the visitors center for Williamson, West Virginia and the Tug Valley Area. 

 

This is one of those amazing Road Side America stops that you will not want to miss. While here be sure to look at the Mountaineer Hotel that stands next to the Coal House. The Mountaineer Hotel has a pretty amazing list of previous visitors over its long history.  The lobby inside the Mountaineer is well worth seeing if you stop and find they are open. 

 

Things to see on this stop. 

  • The inside of the Coal House
  • The Large Statue of Chief Logan standing outside
  • The fountain on the grounds in front of the Coal House
  • The large selection of visitor center merchandise inside the coal house
  • The Mountaineer Hotel

THE GEOCACHE

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GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Turn by Turn Directions from #3 The Coal House to #4 Aunt Betty McCoy's House

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

AUNT BETTY'S HOUSE

 

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THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | PROVIDED BY WENDY AT WWW.WHATWENDYSAID.COM

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | AUNT BETTY MCCOY'S HOUSE | STOP #4

"Johnse" Hatfield, the 18-year-old son of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, and Roseanna McCoy, the daughter of Randolph McCoy, met on Kentucky election grounds in 1880.

According to accounts, Johnse and Roseanna hit it off, disappearing together for hours. Supposedly fearing retaliation from her family for mingling with the Hatfields, Roseanna stayed at the Hatfield residence for a period of time, drawing the ire of the McCoys.

Although they certainly shared a romance, it rapidly became clear that Johnse, was not about to settle down with Roseanna. Several months later he abandoned the pregnant Roseanna and quickly moved on. In May 1881 he married Nancy McCoy, Roseanna’s 15 year-old cousin.

Now pregnant with Johnse's child. Roseanna moved in with her Aunt Betty McCoy, in Stringtown, a small settlement not far from her father's home, because her father was so upset, and refused to look at or even speak to her.

Johnse continued to visit with Roseanna at her aunt's home, which upset her brothers. When Roseanna overheard retaliation plans to take Johnse captive, and deliver him to the county seat for outstanding warrants, she feared for Johnse's life and warned Devil Anse, who immediately organized a rescue party and took Johnse back to West Virginia before he could be transported to the county seat.

Roseanna also died at the young age of twenty-eight, some say of a broken heart. She is buried in the Dils Cemetery in Pikeville, Kentucky.

The child that Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield had together, Sarah Elizabeth, became sick at 10 months of age and died from the measles. The Baby is buried at Aunt Betty McCoy's House.

This location was also featured on the History Channel's White Lightning reality show as the home of Grandma McCoy.  

Things to see on this stop. 

  • The home of Aunt Betty McCoy (Private residence owned by Big Jim McCoy & the McCoy family)
  • The grave of Sarah Elizabeth McCoy (Must be able to climb stairs at this location)
  • A cemetery with historic markers
  • Maybe a McCoy or two sitting on the porch, if you are lucky

Aunt Betty's House

 

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GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Turn by Turn Directions from Aunt Betty McCoy's House to the Randall McCoy Well 

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

RANDALL MCCOY WELL

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | RANDALL MCCOY WELL | STOP #5

THE GEOCACHE

 

GEOCACHING IS A SCAVENGER HUNT GAME THAT IS PLAYED USING A GPS OR YOUR SMART PHONE. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PLAY AT THE GEOCACHING TAB ON THIS SITE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

 

THE COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | DIGGERS | WHATWENDYSAID.COM | BILL RICHARDSON | HATFIELDS & MCCOYS | THE FEUD
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All that remains here today is the hand dug well that Randolph McCoy and his family walked to many times each day from their nearby cabin to draw water.

Today, this scenic location is washed in beauty nestled on this quite hillside. As you you peacefully walk up from the nearby creek, it is hard to imagine the horrors that faced the McCoy family here at the height of the feud.

On New Year’s Day 1888, Randolph, Sarah and their children blew out the candles and turned in for the night. Only a few short hours later, they were awakened by shouts and gunfire and their small mountain cabin became the scene of what would later become known as the 1888 New Year's Night Massacre. Sometime in the night, thirteen of the Hatfield gang, headed by Jim Vance, surrounded the McCoy homestead, near the mouth of Pond Creek, and opened fire on the sleeping family.

The family took cover and began to fire back, wounding several their attackers. To drive Randolph into the open, the marauders set the house and its contents on fire. As the family fled for their lives, young Calvin McCoy and his sister Alifair, were shot and killed, somewhere near this very well. Their mother ran to aide her son and daughter, only to be beaten over the head with the butt of a gun and left with the children to die on the cold mountain side.

Randolph was eventually able to escape into the darkness with the remaining family members.

Later that same year, Wall Hatfield and eight others were arrested by a posse led by "Bad" Frank Phillips and brought to Kentucky to stand trial for the murders of the McCoys.

Nine of the men involved in the incident were arrested and brought to trial for the New Year’s night raid. Of these men, eight received life sentences. 

One man, Ellison "Cottontop" Mounts, was hanged in front of an audience of thousands in Pikeville, Kentucky.

The remaining McCoys moved to Pikeville to escape the West Virginia raiding parties. They lived in a house at the end of Main Street in Pikeville. Randall ran a ferry across the river to Ferguson Creek. Sarah healed from the brutal beaten but was never fully herself and mourned the loss of her children until her death.

Very special thanks to Bob & Rita Scott for sharing this amazing site with the public. 
 

Things to see on this stop. 

 

  • The location where the New Years Day raid on the McCoy House took place
  • The family well of Randall McCoy
  • The spot where archaeologist discovered the remains of the burned out McCoy house
  • The spot where Diggers filmed the History Channel episodes
  • Neil Warren's garage (a must see person to talk with about the history of the feud) 
  • The historic marker at this location

TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM THE RANDALL MCCOY WELL TO THE PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELD CABIN

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

Turn by Turn Directions from The Washstand to the PawPaw Tree Incident Site

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

PREACHER ANSE HATFIELD'S CABIN

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELD CABIN | STOP #6

STOP #6 PREACHER ANDERSON HATFIELD CABIN

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  • HMGT Preacher Anderson Hatfield Cabin Geocache

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Things to see on this stop. 
  • The geocache.
  • The Preacher Anderson Hatfield Cabin.
  • The actual location of the Hog Trial was on this property.
  • The historic markers.
  • The spot where Ellison Hatfield was killed.
  • The spot where Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield met and fell in love.

The Hog Trial

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In the fall of 1878, Randolph McCoy brought charges against Floyd Hatfield for stealing one of his hogs. The resulting trial occurred here and was presided over by the local justice of the peace, "Preacher" Anderson Hatfield.

Preacher Anderson was "Devil Anse" Hatfield's cousin and did not want to appear biased so he gathered a jury of six Hatfields and six McCoys to hear the case.

When the jury reached its verdict, Selkirk McCoy, nephew of Sarah McCoy and a veteran of the Virginia Confederacy, sided with the six Hatfields in favor of Floyd. The McCoys felt betrayed and open hostilities soon erupted between the Haftield and McCoy families.

Later Bill Staton, who testified in favor of his brother-in-law Floyd Hatfield was killed by two of Randolph McCoy's nephews while he was hunting. They were tried and acquitted in a trial presided over by Valentine Hatfield, uncle of Devil Anse.

Election Day Fight

Devil Anse’s brother Ellison Hatfield got into a fight with three of Randle McCoy’s sons here at an election day celebration. One of the McCoys pulled a knife and Ellison was stabbed 27 times and then shot in the back. Anse and a posse intercepted the McCoy brothers as they were being taken to a Kentucky jail and escorted them back to West Virginia.

Ellison was still alive and, according to Anse, the three McCoys would live only if Ellison survived. The following day Ellison died. Anse and his followers then transported the McCoy brothers across the river to Kentucky, tied them to several pawpaw trees and shot them.

Indictments were issued for Anse and several of his supporters, but for five years no action was taken to extradite them.

TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM PREACHER ANDERSON'S CABIN TO THE ASA HARMON MCCOY HISTORIC MARKER

You can click on the image of the map to open the Google Maps for the Complete Visitors Guide and directions to navigate to the next site.

I have built the map already and all you have to do is open from the map photos on this page and it will take you to where you currently are to the location you want to go next. 

ASA HARMON MARKER

COMPLETE VISITORS GUIDE | HATFIELD MCCOY FEUD SITES | THE ASA HARMON MARKER | STOP #7

STOP #7 Asa Harmon McCoy Historic Marker

 

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The first known event linking the Hatfields and McCoys was at the end of the Civil War. Devil Anse Hatfield, many members of his family, and many of the McCoys fought for the Confederate Army.

With West Virginia's admittance to the Union in 1863, Devil Anse realized that, as a Southern sympathizer, he, his family and property were in real danger. Now, in the name of home defense, he formed the Logan Wildcats, which was one of the most feared guerrilla bands to patrol the Tug River's banks.

Randall McCoy’s younger brother, Asa Harmon McCoy, was a Union soldier who had waited two years to enlist in the Union Army as a private for 12 months.

Suffering a broken leg and discharged on Christmas Eve 1864, he returned home to a chilly warning from Devil Anse's ruthless uncle, Jim Vance, who despised Harmon because he had joined the Union Army, that he could expect a visit from Devil Anse's Wildcats.

Frightened by gunshots as he drew water from his well, Harmon hid in a nearby cave, supplied with food and necessities each day by his slave, Pete. But Harmon's fate was sealed. His tormentors followed Pete's tracks in the snow, discovered the ailing Harmon and shot him dead on Jan. 7, 1865.

At first, Devil Anse Hatfield was the prime suspect. Later, after finding the Wildcats' leader had been confined to his bed, the guilt turned squarely on Vance and, according to some accounts, "Wheeler" Wilson, the real gunman.

In the end, the case died with no suspect brought to trial.

TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM THE ASA HARMON MARKER TO THE HATFIELD MCCOY MONUMENT AT BLACKBERRY PARK

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THE GEOCACHE

 

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HATFIELD MCCOY MONUMENT

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STOP #08 Hatfield McCoy Monument - Blackberry Park

 

 

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TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS FROM THE HATFIELD MCCOY MONUMENT TO THE WASHSTAND

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Not far from the site where Asa Harmon McCoy was killed, the Blackberry Community Park, on State Highway 1056, near Ransom, KY houses granite monuments highlighting the Hatfield McCoy Feud. A timeline monument depicts a map of the Tug River, with Kentucky on one side, and West Virginia on the other, with key events and locations inscribed on the monument. Also, in the park is a four sided granite obelisk, about 7’ tall, showing pictures, descriptions of the leaders, Randolph and "Devil Anse" Hatfield and children Johnse Hatfield and Roseanne McCoy.

The McCoys in Kentucky were led by Randolph McCoy (October 30, 1825 – March 28, 1914). In 1849, McCoy married his cousin Sarah (Sally). The couple had 15 children, including 9 sons and 6 daughters (Roseanne McCoy).

The McCoys lost 5 children during the feud and Roseanne died in her 30's, supposedly from a "broken heart”. Randolph and Sarah are buried in the Dils Cemetery in Pikeville, along with Roseanne and her brother Samuel.

The West Virginia Hatfield clan was led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921). Devil Anse and his wife, Levicy, had 13 children, including 9 sons (Johnse Hatfield) and 4 daughters. Hatfield formed a Confederate guerrilla fighting unit during the Civil War that he named "The Logan Wildcats."

In 1865, he was suspected of having been involved in the murder of his rival Asa Harmon McCoy, who had fought for the Union Army and was waylaid by "The Logan Wildcats" on his return home and may have sparked the beginning of the notorious feud between the two families.

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STOP #09 THE WASHSTAND AT HATFIELD CEMETERY

 

THE GEOCACHE AT THIS LOCATION

 

  • HMGT  The Wash Stand/Hatfield Cemetery
  • GC3QERD
  • A cache by HMGT
  • Hidden :09/01/2012
  • Difficulty: 1.5
  • Terrain: 1.5
  • Regular
  • N 37° 34.923 W 082° 10.834
  • THE CACHE PAGE

 

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Among the graves in this cemetery you will find the grave of the Patriarch of the Hatfield Family, Ephraim Hatfield.

 

This is one of the most intimate of all the sites along the trail. Although the cache is located on the edge of the Hatfield Family Cemetery, please take a moment to stroll among the graves to the knoll to the grave of Preacher Anderson Hatfield (the magistrate in the Hog trial).

 

Here you will find the Hatfield family washstand. Carved from solid blocks of sandstone, this outdoor washstand is one of two which were made by Robert (Uncle Bob) Hatfield, older brother of Ransom Hatfield, and son of Elder Anderson Hatfield. The source of the sandstone is most likely the quarry which is located on the right side of Hatfield Branch just West of the Anderson Hatfield Cabin some 500 foot over the hill from the washstand. The washstand, shaded by large cedar trees, was situated near the well in the front yard of the home place. Its principal purpose was as a place for the farm workers to wash and prepare themselves for dinner prepared by Mrs. Polly Hatfield, wife of Preacher Anse. Weary travelers passing by were welcomed to stop and have a drink or wash their hands in the washstand.

 

Place your hand on the top of the stone and imagine that Preacher Anderson, His Wife and children must have touched the same spot some 120 years ago. As you feel the rough surface of the aged sandstone, know that each of the members of the Hatfield Family and no doubt some of the McCoy clan have all placed their hands in this very spot.

Turn by Turn Directions from The Washstand to the site of the PawPaw Tree Incident

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