Tamarack is an amazing building set up by the State of West Virginia to showcase "The Best of West Virginia." Tamarack is located at exit 45 of I-77, and it is a quick trip from Bluefield or Princeton. At Tamarack, you will see West-Virginia-made arts and crafts including blown glass, quilts, textiles, wooden sculpture, metal sculpture, furniture, and much more. You'll also find local sauces, jellies, wine, candy, etc. All of this is for sale to the public.
In addition to the Tamarack store, you'll find art exhibits, a theater and a large food court which serves traditional West Virginia favorites. (The chefs in the food court have all trained at the world-famous Greenbrier resort!)
There are even conference facilities for groups which wish to hold meetings.
On October 3, 2008, we discovered Jenifer Fox, Visual Merchandising Director, in the Tamarack book store. Ms. Fox had a cart of autographed Homer Hickam books, and she was transferring the books to the display shelves in the bookstore. As it turns out, Homer and Linda had spent the last hour in one of the Tamarack offices, with Homer busy autographing books!
|One of the unique features of Tamarack is the individual artist studios. Here you may watch artisans at work. On the day we were there, Elaine Bliss was hard at work in her studio creating fabric wine-bottle covers for sale in the gift shop.|
Directions to Tamarack
From Bluefield or Princeton, take I-77 north to exit 45. (Note: this is a toll road. Cars are $2.00 in each direction.) At the end of the exit ramp, there is a stop sign. Turn left and cross over the Interstate. Just after crossing, you'll turn left, and you will see Tamarack on the hill on your right.
Be sure to visit Tamarack's web site for more information including the daily
menu in the food court.
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia
One Tamarack Park
Beckley, WV 25801
Free Admission and Parking
Open daily 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. - March 13 through January 1*
8 a.m. until 7 p.m. - January 2 through March 12
*Closed on Christmas Day
*Close at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve