The Real McCoy Homestead Uncovered
By New National Geographic Channel Series "Diggers"
in Rural Hardy, Kentucky,
Uncover Clues About Infamous
McCoy and Hatfield 1888 Showdown
2013 Marks the 125” Anniversary of the Legendary
Hatfield-McCoy New Year's Day Massacre
"Diggers: Hatfields & McCoys"
premieres Tuesday, January 29, at 10 PM ET/PT
(WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 31, 2012) The home of Randall McCoy, the patriarch of the famed McCoy family, and the site of the deadly 1888 New Year's Day showdown between the Hatfields and the McCoys, and 125-year-old artifacts from that feud have been uncovered in rural Kentucky. The discovery was made by the Diggers team shooting an episode of the National Geographic Channel series and confirmed by Kim McBride, co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (jointly administered by the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and the Kentucky Heritage Council).
This site, located on private property in rural Hardy, Ky., had long been speculated to be the McCoy's land and the site of the final family feud. Remains of the cabin where the family
The new National Geographic Channel series Diggers premieres Tuesday, January 1, 2013, with back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 PM ET/PT. The episode detailing the McCoy homestead discovery airs on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 10 PM.
B-roll footage of Diggers: Hatfields & McCoys, including footage of the homestead site and artifacts, is available here: http://files.natgeonetworks.coml tBUTrTHqCisbiR
Footage must be accompanied by the verbal tune-in: Diggers: Hatfields & McCoys airs Tuesday, January 29 on National Geographic Channel.
Diggers hosts, amateur scientists, vocational metal detector enthusiaSts and history buffs George "KG” Wyant and Tim "Ringy Saylor, first discovered what they thought were clear signs that finally proved the McCoy home was on the property and that this was the site of the final Hatfield-McCoy standoff, which helped to end at least a decade of family fighting. Conferring with the private landowners and working with Diggers staff archaeologist Kate Culpepper and local historian Bill Richardson, the team pinpointed the location of the home and discovered charred wooden board remains, as well as specific items from the home, inclading possible parts from a stove, nails and a plow
After they found the burned wood and artifacts, Wyant and Saylor followed protocol agreed on with the archaeology community at the start of the series production and called in McBride to verify the find. The team screened shovel test units and recorded the site with the Kentucky Office of State Archaeology, to ensure that the site was protected and the find was legitimate.
"This is an incredible discovery behind America's greatest family feud,” said McBride. "After spending two days excavating at the site, we were pleased to find a number of original artifacts from the actual structure, such as window glass and both wrought and machine-cut nails, and we were able to trace the lineage of the property right back to Randall McCoy and his wife Sarah McCoy. As archaeologists we are very excited to find real evidence to back theories that have abounded for decades."
Added Saylor, "This is the coolest discovery an amateur metal detector like me and KG could ask for, with amazing significance for our country's history. The McCoy homestead could turn up more details about that fateful night in 1888, and provide evidence of how the family lived and died. I feel like we hit the jackpot!"
Property owners Bob and Rita Scott and Richard and Wanda Scott Goodman said, "It is tremendously gratifying to find these items connected to the feud. We expect
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."
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. Its 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!
Diggers is produced for National Geographic Channel by Half Yard Productions; Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher are executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer and vice president of production and development is Charlie Parsons, executive in charge of production is Michael Cascio and president is Howard T. Owens.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Architecture.
Location. 37° 36.167′ N, 82° 12.9′ W. Marker is in Hardy, Kentucky, in Pike County. Marker is on State Highway 319 0.7 miles from Right Turkey toe Branch, on the left when traveling west. Parking is on the opposite side of the road. Signs leading you thru an alley behind the house. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Randal McCoy's Well (here, next to this marker); McCoy Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Randolph McCoy House (about
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