MatewanWelcome to Matewan, a town where rich history meets unique adventures. Home to one of the most famous family feuds in American history, the Hatfield-McCoy’s, Matewan is a living piece of history with its museums and historical landmarks. Whether you’re passing through or staying for a few, this small town is filled with distinctive charm.
For live music, take a short drive up the road to the Delbarton Opry House where you’ll find local talent with the occasional out of towner. The facility is also available to rent for reunions, parties, meetings and weddings.
You can find everything from beautiful paintings and woodcrafts to locally made honey and jellies at the Appalachian Artisan Shop.You’ll walk in and feel like you’ve been transported back in time with the array of antique goods lining the store.
Matewan is home to the Devil Anse trailhead of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. Explore hundreds of miles of rugged wilderness on one of the largest off-highway trail systems in the world. Or take to the Tug River with an airboat tour from Hatfield & McCoy Airboat Tours. During the tour, you’ll learn more about history of the feud while passing by important historical locations along the way.
The Matewan Depot Replica Museum is almost an exact replica of the train depot – and social center – that stood across the railroad tracks from downtown Matewan until the 1960s. Now you can take a step back in time and browse photos, artifacts and memorabilia that help paint a picture of what Matewan used to look like. The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum shares the rich and colorful history of the local communities, highlighting the Battle of Matewan and the following labor uprising that would come to be known as the Battle of Blair Mountain – the largest labor uprising ever in the United States. For a unique timeline of events, visit the Matewan Floodwall, a floodwall with an etched mural of the town’s history.
Located just steps away from where the Battle of Matewan occurred sits the Historic Matewan House Bed and Breakfast, a comfortable inn waiting for you. The bed and breakfast features rooms like “almost heaven” and “mountain room,” paying homage to the beautiful backdrop of the surrounding area. The Blue Goose Inn is located in a renovated historic building built in 1911. Located next to the Devil Anse Trail System, you’ll be able to hit the exciting trails in a matter of minutes.
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