The Pocahontas County Artisans Co-op’s 4th Avenue Gallery is now open at its new location in the Marlinton Railroad Depot. Along with the new location, the gallery also has new hours of operation. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6.p.m., seven days a week. A Grand Opening is planned to coincide with Pioneer Days. That event will include historical presentations, music and artisan demonstrations along the Greenbrier River Trail, just out the front door of the Depot/gallery.
“I am so happy that we moved into this new location,” co-op president Dawn Baldwin Barrett said. “This move is the result of a long collaboration with Marlinton Railroad Depot, Inc. with [board members] Sue Herold, Joe Smith and Bill McNeel. They hired Andrew Must to complete the interior of the Depot last year. We added special lights and other features to maximize use of the space as a gallery. The Appalachian Scenic Waters Byway folks are going to install an interpretive map in the first room, closest to Eighth Street. BJ Gudmundsson is going to select photographs of the Depot through the years from the Preserving Pocahontas collection. Those will be displayed in that room, as well. We are, all of us – members of the Co-op and of the Marlinton Depot, Inc. – so very excited that this historic structure is occupied and can serve as a hub of community activity once again.” B. Nottingham photo