A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Beckley to visit Tamarack for the first time, and what a pleasant journey it was.
We had lunch in the cafeteria catered by The Greenbrier, then shopped and was amazed at all the arts and crafts of talented West Virginia citizens.
Afterwards, we were entertained in the classy auditorium where seating and acoustics are equal to, if not better than, any other auditorium I've ever been in.
I noticed it was named the Hulett C. Smith Auditorium; and I'm not sure why. Although Smith was an honorable governor, I don't recall his strong point was being a promoter of the artisans of this state.
Gov. Wally Barron, however, did things to promote this state. He created the West Virginia Centennial Commission to promote West Virginia for its Centennial Anniversary in 1963.
I was a high school student then and remember many of the festive activities at that time.
That commission was so successful that it became a permanent state agency, known as the West Virginia Department of Commerce, which has survived over the years under different names.
Considering Barron's other activities, however, I doubt anything will ever be named in his honor or remembrance.
It's wonderful having a facility like Tamarack in West Virginia that promotes the artisans of this state. Anyone who has not visited Tamarack yet, shame on you.