Visits to cemeteries are often considered unusual destinations for tourists; however, Hatfield Cemetery (of the legendary Hatfield’s and McCoy’s lore) is one that many consider a destination worth exploring. If you don’t mind a long drive out to Sarah Ann and a usually muddy trek by foot, the Hatfield Cemetery is worth a visit.
There is a bridge that leads up to the burial grounds that was long ago cordoned off to prevent visitors from damaging their vehicles up the grand hill. There is now a small pull-off section for parking, from which you will continue your trek up the hill on foot. The hike is about a half mile, and the terrain is steep and muddy, so water and proper shoes or hiking boots are preferable. Be prepared to pause a moment to catch your breath when you reach the top.
Upon entering the cemetery, your eyes will be immediately drawn to the life-size sculpture of the Hatfield patriarch, Devil Anse, enemy of Randolph McCoy. Italian marble statues are unique, and the sheer appearance of one in rural West Virginia is incredible. The imposing Devil Anse in all his glory makes the visit that much more memorable.
Devil Anse’s children commissioned the sculpture for $5000. Hatfield was buried in 1921, and the sculpture was delivered to the cemetery in 1926. Hatfield’s coffin was made of solid steel and cost $2000. While the family may have been regarded as hillbillies, they were the old west’s version of the Kardashian’s.
Family members are still buried in this family cemetery, with some of the headstones as recent as just a few years. Johnse, Troy, and Elias (Anse’s sons) are buried here, as well.
As for his historical counterpart, Randolph McCoy, Hatfield seemed to have an easier and wealthier life; he even outlived McCoy. His cemetery monument is a notable testament. Perhaps the Hatfields did win, indeed.
The burial ground of the Hatfields is 12 miles outside of Logan, just south of Sarah Ann, to the west. You’ll see the marker, designating the place as an official historical location. Admission is free.