In the Diggers series, Saylor and Wyant scour the country for lost pieces of American history — from Civil War buckles to family heirloom rings and silver coins. Where there is an empty yard, field or beach approved for metal detecting, the duo see a treasure trove, and will go the distance to uncover "the juice," as they call it, working in close collaboration with a local archaeologist or historian at every site. It's not just the raw value of the object that gets them excited; it's the thrill of the hunt and the possibility that the next artifact they dig up could yield the discovery of a lifetime, similar to the lucky Brit who found the Saxon hoard. In this case, it was the real McCoy!
National Geographic Diggers
Bill has loved the history of the feud for many years now. Long before it was ever on the History Channel he was studying and working to build tourism in Hatfield McCoy Feud Country.
Bill has worked in tourism for the last 20 years in Feud Country as part of his position as Associate Professor for WVU. This moment was something he had waited a long time to see.
'Diggers' Return to Find More Hatfield-McCoy Relics
by Gail Hairston
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 31, 2015) — Descendants of both families formally agreed to an end to the infamous feuding of the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky on a national morning news program in 2003. In truth, the families have gathered often in the Tug Fork River valley, site of the McCoys’ former homestead where the vendetta reached its bloody crescendo Jan. 1, 1888. Today, the McCoys’ former property is owned by Bob Scott, a Hatfield descendant, and the Hatfield-McCoy clan gatherings there are respectful and peaceful, even celebratory and life affirming.
Such was the atmosphere in November 2014 when members of both clans convened at the old homesite outside Hardy, Kentucky.....
The Diggers Episode
The Diggers Episode
The home of Randall McCoy and the site of the 1888 New Year's Day battle between the Hatfields and McCoys was recently escavated in search of 125 year old evidence of the feud.
The National Geographic show aired an episode with the focus on this privately owned property in Hardy, Ky.
Hardy, Kentucky is home to one of the sites of the Hatifeld McCoy Feud. Bob & Rita Scott opened the site up to digging in hopes of finding the remains of the McCoy family home and were thrilled with the discovery of bullets and other artifacts confirmed as from the era of the Hatfield McCoy Feud.
West Virginia University Extension Professor Bill Richardson said, "This is amazing. These appear to be actual bullets fired at the Hatfields by the McCoys in defense of their home. Nothing like this has ever been found before."
More about where it all happend
All previous posts about the Hatfield & McCoy Feud
BLOOD FEUDS Another exciting moment in our area. Blood Feuds, the show on American Heroes Channel came to do an episode about the Hatfield~McCoy Feud. Bill, my husband was interviewed on this episode and talked about the historic family feud. We had several on this episode that did such an…Read More
Thanks to Bob & Rita Scott
What a cool thing for my husband to get to be part of this awesome thing. He so loves the history of the Hatfield McCoy Feud. I am just sure that getting to be part of this episode of the National Geographic Channels Diggers show and to be present for the dig was a thrill for him. That's him in the photo to the left with KC and Ringy as it aired on Nat Geo.
The property is owned by Bob and Rita Scott. They have been so generous to allow people to visit this spot. It sits directly in the back yard of their home so it has to be a bit of an invasion for them to have so many people come see this feud site. But the also love the Feud history and know how important this location is to the history.
Another exciting moment in our area. Blood Feuds, the show on American Heroes Channel came to do an episode about the Hatfield~McCoy Feud. Bill, my husband was interviewed on this episode and talked about the historic family feud.
We had several on this episode that did such an amazing job speaking to our history. Reed Potter looked awesome and spoke so well about the feud on this episode, I thought.
I am adding the story below from one of the many stories about this but I also want to add a few behind the scenes photos of them filming this one.
The Blood Feuds episode can be seen online still and it is worth watching if you are interested in the Hatfields & McCoys.
I have tons of things to add to this page so I will update it as I find them.
The Hatfields and McCoys are coming back to TV in a new show. The American Heroes Channel or AHC will highlight the famous feud in an episode of its series "Blood Feuds." The show will air at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.
AHC can be found on Channels 287 and 285 on DirecTV, 195 and 192 on DISH Netwok and 316 on Suddenlink.
AHC describes the series this way. "Blood Feuds" uncovers fascinating pieces of hidden history as America's most iconic feuds are brought to life using dramatic recreations, expert interviews, and heart-pumping storytelling. These epic rivalries feature some of the most compelling characters, action-packed conflict, and adrenaline-fueled showdowns from our nation's past. These are the men and women who changed the course of American history, one monumental grudge match at a time like William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield and Randall McCoy.
AHC is part of the Discovery Channel’s suite of networks. It was formerly the Military Channel but was re-branded. It now features shows about American history, war, the Old West and similar topics. The production company who created the show is Lion Television.
“AHC has done a number of really great looking shows with high production values," said Richardson, the Mingo County-based West Virginia University Extension agent and associate professor.
"One called 'Gunslingers' featured Kurt Russell talking about Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral. And from what I’ve seen of the other episodes of 'Blood Feud,' I’m optimistic it will portray our history in an interesting and entertaining way."
Interestingly, the Hatfields and McCoys series comes along at the same time that PBS's award-winning documentary series, "American Experience" takes a look at the southern West Virginia Mine Wars. That series will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
"Every time one of these shows airs we see renewed interest in the Feud. This in turns brings tourists here and adds money to the economy," Richardson said.
You can learn more about "Blood Feuds" online at http://www.ahctv.com/blood-feuds/
Go online at http://hatfieldmccoycountry.com/ to find out more about travel sites in Southern West Virginia pertaining to the Mine Wars and Hatfields and McCoys.