Heritage Farm's Way Back Weekend has Hatfields/McCoys theme
HUNTINGTON – It has been a year since the record-breaking release of History’s Hatfields and McCoys mini-series and its companion documentary narrated by Kevin Costner and filmed by Huntington’s own Trifecta Productions.
To celebrate the anniversary, the region is getting its feud on this weekend.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, 3300 Harvey Road, will have some feuding down on the Farm as the Farm’s monthly Way Back Weekend takes on a Hatfields and McCoys theme.
Come out to the Farm, where you can learn more about the Hatfields and McCoys feud, go behind the scenes of the making of the History Channel documentary and enjoy some feuding fun like a tug of war contest, a log sawing competition and more.
Upon entering Heritage Farm guests will be given an “H” or an “M” for the day (representing their side of the Hatfields or the McCoys). Guests can participate in historic family fun feuds, such as a tug-of-war contest, log-sawing competition, and more.
Guests can speak with feud re-enactors who are coming back for a reunion spearheaded by Trifecta. Last year, Trifecta brought together all 130 cast and crewmembers to Heritage Farm Museum and Village, the chosen set for the documentary re-enactments. Citizens, actor’s reenactors and benefactors crawled out of the woodwork willing to help.
This project brought together local actors, including Clint McElroy, Debbie Wolfe, as well as re-enactors, niche experts, horsemen, veteran Civil War re-enactors, weapons experts, and wardrobes from the Marshall University Theater Department as well as private collections.
On June 2, 2012 the History Channel documentary special, voiced by Kevin Costner, “America’s Greatest Feud: Hatfields and McCoys”, premiered to the nation. Millions of viewers tuned in to watch as West Virginia shared her history with the world.
The two-hour documentary was filled with faces and places all familiar to those living in the Tri-State and is still aired on the History Channel regularly.
Now, one year after the National premiere, guests, re-enactors, cast and crew are invited back to the farm for a Hatfields and McCoys reunion.
Farm Museum and Village’s Way Back Weekend guests can visit the sites where the reenactment was filmed as well as meet several of the re-enactors that participated in the documentary, and speak with F. Keith Davis, CEO of Woodland Press, co-author of "The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys" as well as an expert featured in the documentary.
Guests can also tour four of Heritage Farm’s major museum buildings, visit the One Room Schoolhouse, Blacksmith, Children's Hands-on-Museum, the Petting Zoo and wagon rides (weather permitting).
At the Farm, grab a bite to eat from River and Rail Bakery, peruse Heritage Farm’s award winning Progress, Transportation and Country Store Museums and watch a reel of bloopers in a special behind-the-scenes making of the documentary.
Admission: $8; $7 for children; and $6 for seniors. Go online at www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
If that isn’t enough feudin’ for ya, you can also roll over to Empire Books and News at Pullman Square from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 1 as New York Times best-selling author Dean King, of Virginia, will be signing copies of his book, “The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story.”
King, who is just beginning a multi-state book tour, will also be appearing in Logan from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday ,May 31 at Museum in the Park in Chief Logan State Park.
King was one of the historians on the 2012 History Channel documentary, "America's Greatest Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys," narrated by Kevin Costner and directed by Mark Cowen.
In addition he is now a producer on an upcoming History Channel reality series based on the Hatfields and McCoys, and will likely be talking about this in greater detail during the event at the park.
Unlike in previous accounts, King chose to begin in the mid-nineteenth century, when the Hatfields and McCoys lived side-by-side in relative harmony along the Tug River. The nonfiction work by Little, Brown and Company is already gaining rave reviews nationwide.
Read more about both of these events later this week in The Herald-Dispatch.