Beckley is home to Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia.
Beckley’s proximity to Interstate 77, I-64 and US-19 provide easy north-south and east-west access, positioning the town as the hub for medical, educational, and service in southern West Virginia.
Just off I-77 is Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, the nation’s first statewide collection of handmade crafts, arts and cuisine. The 59,000-square-foot Tamarack showcases juried crafts, fine art gallery, theater, working art studios for resident artisans and A Taste of West Virginia food court. Another 22,500 square feet in the Tamarack Conference Center is available for meetings or special occasions.
The Exhibition Coal Mine portrays the history, culture and character of this coal-mining region. The main attraction is an underground tour, led by a veteran coal miner. Visitors travel 1500 feet beneath the hillsides of New River Park, riding in authentic shuttle cars from the mine entrance, to old working areas of the coal mine and back. The facility includes a 14,000 square foot company store, visitor center, coal museum, fudgery and gift shop.
- Friday in the Park sets summer to music, May through September. The lunchtime concert series is held at Jim Word Park on Neville Street in the Historic District.
- The Appalachian Festival is a three-day celebration throughout Raleigh County. Highlights of this August event include the Taste of Appalachia block party featuring delicious cuisine and live jazz music; arts and handicrafts fairs; thrilling Ghost Tours to explore Beckley’s haunted historic sites; classic car show; coal mine tours with discounts for Appalachian Festival ticket holders; and more. Check out activities at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, Crossroads Mall, Grandview Park, Tamarack, uptown Beckley, and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia.
Top employers in Raleigh County are the Raleigh County Board of Education, Little General Store, Raleigh General Hospital, Global Contact Services and Mountain State University.