By David Taylor
Because of its rich history that includes the Hatfield–McCoy feud and Matewan Massacre events, the center of the Matewan, West Virginia, located in Mingo County, has been designated as the Matewan Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.
Interesting sights and tours can be had while visiting the town including the Matewan Depot Replica Museum. Visitors can explore and experience the Matewan Depot Replica Museum at their own pace. The Depot also functions as a welcome center, so, as they say in the Mountain State, feel free to stop by and ask for tips about where to go and what to do.
The town of Matewan has a unique feature that surrounds the entire downtown area – a floodwall. The exterior of the wall tells the history of Matewan through carefully placed vertical fluting that forms an etched mural. This feature is a must-see in town. Visitors walking the path see the art on the floodwall while enjoying the Tug Fork River.
The floodwall is quite the the thing to see. It’s depictions of the town’s history are outstanding, as well as its primary reason to be which is protecting the are from the chronic flooding that once plagued the town.
Matewan is a nice little community teeming with history. It’s well worth the visit when you are in the area. It’s also a great destination with a lot to see and do.