Where History Meets Adventure

today's matewan

Its people define Matewan. Heritage, loyalty, resiliency and pride define its people.

Keith Gibson, owner of Hatfield and McCoy Airboat Tours

by Melissa Gillespie & Tyler Clendenin

A giant propeller-powered airboat skimming in as little as two inches of water isn’t the first adventure that comes to mind for prospective visitors to Matewan, West Virginia. But for Keith Gibson, owner and operator of the Hatfield McCoy Airboat Tours, it’s a regular day for him and his passengers, speeding between West Virginia and Kentucky state lines on the Tug Fork River.

A West Virginia native, Gibson has lived along the Tug River in Matewan his entire life. It’s where he has planted his roots and started his family; it’s the only home he’s ever known.

To read more of Keith Gibson’s story >

Connecting trails, connecting people, creating history

by Melissa Gillespie

A fluke is as an unlikely chance occurrence. A fluke is not something that is planned or even thought of. A fluke is how Bill Sutterlin found Matewan.

A lover of mountains, dirt bikes, trail riding and history, nine years ago, the Chicago native stumbled upon the place he now calls home.

To read more of Bill Sutterlin's story >

When a Hatfield marries a McCoy

by Melissa Gillespie

The Hatfield McCoy Feud is one that will never be forgotten in Matewan. Even after the dust settled, no one ever thought that Hatfields and McCoys would be able to peacefully interact again.

Proving the vast majority wrong, the great-great-great-nephew of Randall McCoy and the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Reverend-Preacher Anderson Hatfield have been married for decades, raised a family and are living happily in Matewan.

To read more of Don and Kathy's story >

Rallying Matewan

by Tyler Clendenin

“Let me see if I can remember all my hats,” he says making himself comfortable in the main room of the Historic Matewan House Bed and Breakfast.

David Hatfield and his wife, Ellen, bought the B&B nearly a year ago. It’s not because he wanted to make money, or even that he had the extra funds to put into owning and operating a business, David says. It’s because he couldn’t stand to see another business in the heart of Matewan close its doors for good.

To read more of David Hatfield's story>

She found herself in Matewan

by Tyler Clendenin

It’s a dreary day at the Matewan Depot. Next to a window framing a gray sky spitting freezing rain onto the naked trees, Vera Kay Hankins is on a beach with two twin girls playing in the sand.

“The lady I’m drawing this for, I’ve already made one with her other four grandkids before these two came along,” she says holding up the two photos she’s crafting together for the drawing.

For Vera, art has been a part of her life, her whole life.

“Do you wanna hear the whole story?” she asks with a laugh.

To read more of Vera Hankins' story >



“...excellent hosts.”

“Our family of four met two other relatives in Matewan for a Hatfield-McCoy experience. Kathy and Don, the owners, were excellent hosts. We would definitely stay here again.”

- Vicki from Virginia about the Hatfield-McCoy Resort