By Kyle Lovern
August 30, 2013
WILLIAMSON - The Tug Valley area is bracing for a large number of visitors that will be flocking here from approximately 30 states and possible other countries to participate in the 2nd annual Hatfield Mccoy Geocaching event, scheduled for this weekend.
Completing the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail is a fun and exciting journey through 75 rustic miles of Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky’s most beautiful scenic roads. Through geocaching, participants will explore the land where the battle between these two infamous families took place. They will travel to spots historically significant to both the Hatfield & McCoy families and see locations important to what has to be the most famous American family feud. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS enabled devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, and then share your experience online. All of the attendees will have a chance to open a book or watch a movie about America’s History and imagine what it must have been like to be part of this bloody feud. They can visit the very spots where Johnse Hatfield and Rosanne McCoy met, and stand in locations where they felt love so strong that they defied the wishes of their families and bore a child and then suffered the agony of its death. Plans are to visit where The McCoy boys where tied to the Paw Paw trees and killed by the Hatfield’s, and walk away with a better understanding of the feud. Local organizers of the events who are also avid geocachers are Wendy Hackney and Kelly Moore, and commented that this past year, with the release of the History Channel’s The Hatfield’s & McCoy’s movie, the nation has been exposed to what locals have always known was an important piece of the battle between good & evil, right & wrong, the North & the South and mostly between love & hate. No matter which side people believe was right, in the end, they all enjoy the story. The Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail caches are all family friendly and not difficult to find or approach. They are designed to be accessible by the majority of people. However, because several of the sites involve stairs or short hikes, this series is not wheelchair accessible. For persons with disabilities, there are many other geocaching opportunities in the Big Sandy & Tug Valley Areas that will be handicapped accessible.
The event is scheduled to kick off this evening with a pig roast at the Blackberry Park, located at the Blackberry Community Center. Thus far, over 300 people have registered, with over 500 expected to attend. This year’s geocaching coin has a special cabin design on one side that was taken from a painting by local artist Very Kay Hankins and according to WVU Extension Professor Bill Richardson, is approximately the size of a silver dollar but is heavier in weight.
“The financial analysis I completed on last year’s event produced results that show that approximately $300,000 was spent throughout the local area during the event and I’m optimistic in saying this year’s totals will exceed that level,” remarked Richardson.
“We invite everyone to attend the event and once they do, I’m sure they’re going to hooked on geocaching.”
For more information, you may access the event’s website, www.hatfieldmccoygeotrail.com that also concludes a complete agenda for this weekend.