Frequently Asked Questions

What sets Tamarack apart from other cultural centers?

The vision of former Gov. Gaston Caperton, TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia is the nation’s first center for a state’s handcrafts, Tamarack opened in 1996. The facility is built in a circle with the star quilt pattern as its architectural design.

No tax dollars or toll revenues were used in the construction or are currently used for the operation of Tamarack. A mix of funds available from concession revenue in the WV Parkways ‘Economic Development Fund and Revenue Bonds issued prior to construction of the facility funded Tamarack.

Why is it called “Tamarack”?

Tamarack was named for the resilient Tamarack tree, native to West Virginia.


Tamarack is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., but is closed Christmas Day. Winter hours in Jan. and Feb. are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Check our website and Facebook to learn of any changes.

Is food available?

Tamarack operates a food court in a cafeteria style with a deli, grill, and bakery. Breakfast is served from opening until 10:45 a.m. Lunch and dinner are available until close. Click here for daily menus and Chef’s specials. Specialty foods, wines, and candies are also on sale.

What types of products may I buy?

Handmade products include jewelry, apparel, wood, glass, souvenirs, specialty goods, candy, bath and body, candles, pet supplies, quilts, lap blankets and tableware, holiday themed items, stemware, pottery, furniture, treenware, books, magazines, music, musical instruments, fine art and sculpture.

What’s in a name?

  • The Caperton Center: Tamarack’s retail facility was named after Gov. Gaston Caperton, the visionary who created Tamarack.
  • The Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater: named in honor of a former governor, supporter, and former member of the WV Parkways Authority Board of Directors.
  • The David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery: named after one of Tamarack’s founders, who also served on the WV Parkways Board of Directors, and was instrumental in building Tamarack.
  • The Alan Susman Board Room: Located in the conference center, an addition to Tamarack built in 2003, the Board Room bears the name of a former WV Parkways Board of Directors member and early supporter of Tamarack.

How do I sell my craft/fine art to Tamarack?

The first and most important requirement is that you must be a current West Virginia Resident and carry West Virginia identification (DMV). Please click here to find details.

How do I sell music, books and DVDs to Tamarack?

Click here to find details and applications for selling to Tamarack.

Do you have handicapped access? Are wheelchairs available?

Handicapped parking is marked near the front door and at the Conference Center entrance. Handicapped restrooms are available in the main building and conference center. Handicapped seating is designated in the theater. Wheelchairs may be loaned to you at the front desk.

How do I contact the Lost and Found Department?

If you think you left something here, check with our security department by calling 1-88 TAMARACK (1-888-262-7225) x160. If you lose something while you're visiting, ask anyone to help locate the security staff.

How far are you from the New River Gorge Bridge?

Located in Beckley, WV, off I-77/64 at Exit 45, Tamarack is 20 minutes from the New River Gorge Bridge.

Are there hotels/motels nearby? Are there other local attractions that I might want to visit?

Yes! To learn more about West Virginia attractions and area motels, search visitwv.com or wvtourism.com.

Our visitor information experts at the tourist information desk will answer questions, check road and weather conditions, and make hotel reservations for you!

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