Eastern Kentucky is a region with a story to tell. It’s a place where the past isn’t just history—it’s a living part of everyday life. From the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud to the heartfelt strumming of a guitar by Tyler Childers, this area is a vibrant tapestry of American culture. In this piece, we’ll take a closer look at some of the finalists for Kentucky Living’s 2024 Best In Kentucky Awards that find their home in Eastern Kentucky. These are the experiences and sounds that give Eastern Kentucky its unique character, and we’re hoping you’ll cast your vote in support of them.

Hatfield-McCoy Feud Driving Tour (Road Trip)

McCoy Well
Devil Anse Hatfield

The rugged hills of Eastern Kentucky hold secrets—tales of feuds, vendettas, and family honor. Among these stories, the Hatfield-McCoy feud stands out as the most infamous. As you wind through the picturesque landscapes, imagine the echoes of gunfire and the whispers of betrayal that once reverberated here. The Hatfield-McCoy Feud Historic Driving Tour takes you to the very sites where these legendary families clashed.

Visit the gravesites of Randolph McCoy, Roseanna McCoy, Devil Anse Hatfield, Johnse Hatfield, and their kin. Explore historic locations like the Randolph McCoy Homeplace and Well in Hardy, Kentucky, and the famous Hatfield “Hog Trial” Cabin in Blackberry. Aunt Betty McCoy’s House is also on display, as well as many other amazing attractions.

Please consider voting for the Hatfields & McCoys Historic Driving Tour, a finalist for Kentucky Living’s 2024 Best In Kentucky Awards.

Loretta Lynn’s cabin at Butcher Holler

Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle Homeplace (Historic Attraction)

In the heart of Butcher Hollow, between fog-shrouded mountains and stony creeks, lies the childhood home of country music icon Loretta Lynn. This unassuming mountain cabin served as the foundation for her remarkable career. Here, Loretta and her sister Crystal Gayle sang songs with attitude and pride, honing their skills before becoming some of country music’s greatest stars. Step onto the porch where their voices once echoed, and you’ll feel the spirit of Butcher Hollow—the place that shaped Loretta into the “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” After your tour, visit Webb’s General Store, where you can purchase MoonPies, RC Cola, and keepsakes while learning about coal mining heritage.

Please consider voting for the Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle Homeplace, a finalist for Kentucky Living’s 2024 Best In Kentucky Awards.

Billy Ray’s Restaurant (Down-Home Restaurant)

Billy Ray’s Restaurant, tucked away in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, is more than just a place to grab a meal—it’s a slice of local history. Known as the “Home of the Original Pool Room Hamburger,” Billy Ray’s has been serving up comfort food and nostalgia for years. Imagine stepping into a diner from the past, where the radio is playing your favorite tunes, and the walls tell stories of generations who’ve gathered there before. Try the country fried steak with biscuits and gravy, savor the foot-long hot dog with home fries, or opt for the tender 8oz chopped sirloin steak. And don’t forget the fried green tomatoes! As you dine, you’re not just enjoying a meal; you’re partaking in a tradition that connects Eastern Kentucky’s past to its present.

Please consider voting for the Billy Ray’s Restaurant, a finalist for Kentucky Living’s 2024 Best In Kentucky Awards.

Tyler Childers (Kentucky Musician or Band)

Timothy Tyler Childers, born and raised in Lawrence County, Kentucky, embodies the soul of Appalachia. His music weaves neotraditional country, bluegrass, and folk into a tapestry of raw emotion. Growing up in the coal-mining region, Tyler’s songs resonate with forgotten stories and the struggles of everyday people. His breakout studio album, “Purgatory,” produced by Sturgill Simpson, catapulted him into the spotlight. With lyrics that cut to the bone and melodies that haunt your soul, Tyler Childers captures the essence of Eastern Kentucky—the resilience, the pain, and the beauty.

Please consider voting for the Tyler Childers, a finalist for Kentucky Living’s 2024 Best In Kentucky Awards.

Eastern Kentucky—where history, music, and flavor converge. Cast your votes in the Kentucky Living’s 2024 Best In Kentucky Awards and celebrate the richness of our region. Let’s show the world the best of Eastern Kentucky! 


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