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Hardy in Pike County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Randal McCoy's Well

Hatfield & McCoy Mountain

 

— Hardy, Kentucky —

 
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By TeamOHE, July 23, 2020
1. Randal McCoy's Well Marker
Inscription.  
Nestled at Hardy, Kentucky in a spectacular mountain valley, the Randal McCoy well still stands. The well is 25 to 30 feet deep, and if it could talk it would say, "I'm now enjoying the scenery, heritage and especially the friendly people who visit.

For folks who are interested in the legend of the Hatfield's and McCoy's, the Randal McCoy well makes an excellent place to relive that 1888 New Year's Day tragedy.

Many authors have written about the tragic events of that day. G. Elliot Hatfield reported in his book The Hatfields that Jim Vance, along with several armed Hatfields, agreed that Randal McCoy would die that night. After surrounding the house, a shot was first fired by the Hatfields that led to both parties exchanging gunfire. The author also related the terrible incidents of the attack and burning of the McCoy home.

According to Truda Williams McCoy's book, The McCoy's, the McCoy family had exhausted their supply of water and milk in the house in efforts to extinguish the blaze. Reasoning that no one would shoot a woman, Calvin McCoy called to his sister Alifair to draw water from the

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By TeamOHE, July 23, 2020
2. Randal McCoy's Well Marker
well so that he could quench the flames. As she approached the well, a shot rang out and Alifair crumbled to the ground-dead. Sarah McCoy tried to get to her daughter; however, she was attacked and beaten until she lost consciousness. Trying to help his father escape, Calvin fled from the house and was shot in the head and killed.

For the first time, stories of the feud became front page headlines in newspapers across the country. The mini-series, "The Hatfield's and McCoy's” re-ignited interest in the feud. Since the series, National Geographic "Diggers” episode, CBS “This Morning” and The History Channel have filmed at the Randal McCoy home site.

Bob and Rita Scott, owners of the property, have welcomed visitors from throughout America and several foreign countries. Their goal for visitors is "Come as a Stranger" and "Leave as a Friend."
 
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Location. 37° 36.167′ N, 82° 12.9′ W. Marker is in Hardy, Kentucky, in Pike County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 312 0.7 miles west of Right Turkey Toe Branch, on the right when traveling east. Parking is on the opposite side of the road. Signs leading you thru an alley behind the house. Touch for map.

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By TeamOHE, July 23, 2020
3. Randal McCoy's Well Site
Marker is at or near this postal address: 4190 Hwy 319, Hardy KY 41531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Real McCoy Homestead Uncovered (here, next to this marker); McCoy Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Randolph McCoy House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baby’s Grave Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sally McCoy / Grave of Sally McCoy (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Baby’s Grave Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hog Trial / Election Fight (approx. 2˝ miles away); Hog Trial Site (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hardy.
 
Randal McCoy Statue image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 23, 2020
4. Randal McCoy Statue
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By TeamOHE, July 23, 2020
5. Randal McCoy Statue Plaque
Randal McCoy's Well image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 23, 2020
6. Randal McCoy's Well
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 13, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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