Matewan, West Virginia

All-terrain vehicles park along Main Street in Matewan, W.Va., in the Cumberland Mountains.
All-terrain vehicles park along Main Street in Matewan, W.Va., in the Cumberland Mountains of southern West Virginia.

Matewan, West Virginia (WV), a community on the Tug River in Mingo County, was founded in 1897 and named for Matewan, New York, the hometown of the engineer who platted it.

In 1920, the battle to unionize coal mines in southern West Virginia erupted in a fatal shootout at Matewan. The John Sayles movie "Matewan" (1987) is based on the shootout since known as the Matewan Massacre or Battle of Matewan.


Lodging near Matewan, West Virginia

Matewan (WV) Hotels


Parks & Public Recreation

Vacation cottage, Matewan, WV, Mingo County, Hatfield & McCoy Region
ATV cottage at Matewan, WV

A trailhead for the Buffalo Mountain ATV Trail network joins Mate Street in downtown Matewan.


Location

Matewan is located on highway WV-49 approximately 14 miles southeast of Williamson, West Virginia and seven miles northeast of Delorme, West Virginia.


Map of Matewan, West Virginia


Regional Information

Matewan is located in the Hatfield & McCoy Region in southwestern West Virginia.