The Hatfield and McCoy feud has captured the interest of America since the History Channel debuted its’ miniseries last year. Thousands have visited the historic feud sites of Pike County, Kentucky, and the “Devil Anse” statue of Sarah Ann West Virginia, in search of feud lore and perhaps an answer to why all the seemingly senseless violence occurred. This summer, the Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council hopes to sate visitor’s curiosity by producing a historically accurate outdoor theater production of the Feud, titled “Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys.”
Written by topnotch playwright Chelsea Marcantel under the guidance of highly creditable genealogist and well-respected local historian Betty Howard, “Blood Song” will feature talent drawn from feud country and the surrounding area. Kentucky’s most award-winning community theatre group Artists Collaborative Theatre, under the direction of Stephanie Richards, will be producing the play at the Hatfield McCoy Park in McCarr, Kentucky. The outdoor theatre is located near the Tug River, between the sites of the infamous “pawpaw killings” and “hog trial.”
“I find it unique that they would tell the story of the feud, in the actual area where the feud took place” said Tony K. Tackett, Pike County Tourism Executive Director. “This is truly one of our county’s most exciting upcoming events. We hope everyone has a chance to attend one of the shows.” Pike County Tourism CVB’s Marketing Director Jay Shepherd assisted the Hatfield & McCoy Arts Council in the creation of a rack card for the event, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
To plan your trip to Pike County, Kentucky, call us at (800) 844-7453. Pike County is home to plenty of outdoor adventure, American history, and wonderful hotel accommodations. Let us help you plan your visit today!
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