Hatfield McCoy Feud
Bil Richardson is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Hatfield McCoy Feud. He has been featured on many television and radio shows and quoted in hundreds of newspapers. He produced a TV series about the Feud for the History Channel, as well as documentaries that are being used as teaching tools at such prestigious universities as Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, Marquette and Penn State.
His work as a historian has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and is in the U.S. Library of Congress holdings. He has been a featured speaker both nationally and internationally and is related to the Hatfield family of the famous Feud.
NATIONAL TV APPEARANCES
American Pickers – History Channel
Mysteries at the Museum – Travel Channel
America: Fact vs Fiction - The Discovery Networks
CBS This Morning - CBS
CBS Sunday Morning - CBS
Diggers - National Geographic
Blood Feuds - The Discovery Networks
America’s Greatest Feud - History Channel
NPR’s All things Considered
West Virginia Public Radio
New York Times
And hundreds more
BEHIND THE SCENES CONSULTING WORK
NBC Nightly News
How The States Got Their Shapes
In the Diggers series, Saylor and Wyant scour the country for lost pieces of American history — from Civil War buckles to family heirloom rings and silver coins. Where there is an empty yard, field or beach approved for metal detecting, the duo see a treasure trove, and will go the distance to uncover "the juice," as they call it, working in close collaboration with a local archaeologist or historian at every site. It's not just the raw value of the object that gets them excited; it's the thrill of the hunt and the possibility that the next artifact they dig up could yield the discovery of a lifetime, similar to the lucky Brit who found the Saxon hoard. In this case, it was the real McCoy!
The Hatfields & McCoys:
In West Virginia, the guys find an old general store that had a lot of Hatfield customers around the time of the legendary feud between the Hatfields & McCoys. There are a few artifacts with the Hatfields name, but are they authentic? Go with the pickers and WVU Extension Associate Professor, Bil Richardson to Goldie's Hardware to find out.
The Hatfields and McCoys are coming back to
TV in a new show. The American Heroes Channel
or AHC will highlight the famous feud in an
episode of its series "Blood Feuds." The show
will air at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.
AHC can be found on Channels 287 and 285 on
DirecTV, 195 and 192 on DISH Netwok and 316
AHC describes the series this way. "Blood Feuds" uncovers fascinating pieces of hidden history as America's most iconic feuds are brought to life using dramatic recreations, expert interviews, and heart-pumping storytelling. These epic rivalries feature some of the most compelling characters, action-packed conflict, and adrenaline-fueled showdowns from our nation's past. These are the men and women who changed the course of American history, one monumental grudge match at a time like William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield and Randall McCoy.
The show has very realistic re-enactments, high production values and interviews with Feud experts and descendants. Those interviewed for the show include Bill Richardson WVU Extension Associate Professor, Reed Potter, Elmer Hatfield (Descendant) Gary McCoy (Descendant), Adam Warren and others. The local elements of the show were filmed in April of 2015 and the re-enactments were shot later.
AHC is part of the Discovery Channel’s suite of networks. It was formerly the Military Channel but was re-branded. It now features shows about American history, war, the Old West and similar topics. The production company who created the show is Lion Television.
“AHC has done a number of really great looking shows with high production values," said Richardson, the Mingo County-based West Virginia University Extension agent and associate professor.
"One called 'Gunslingers' featured Kurt Russell talking about Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral. And from what I’ve seen of the other episodes of 'Blood Feud,' I’m optimistic it will portray our history in an interesting and entertaining way."
Interestingly, the Hatfields and McCoys series comes along at the same time that PBS's award-winning documentary series, "American Experience" takes a look at the southern West Virginia Mine Wars. That series will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Richardson, the author of several West Virginia history books including ones on the Hatfield and McCoys feud as well as the Mine Wars, said both TV shows will create interest in heritage tourists visiting the area
"Every time one of these shows airs we see renewed interest in the Feud. This in turns brings tourists here and adds money to the economy," Richardson said.