Welcome to the Big Otter Mill
A Unique Bedford Landmark— Part of Our Heritage
@@@Big Otter Mill is an old saw and grist mill that has remained standing long after its original use. The Big Otter Mill Foundation's mission is to restore the mill for the purpose of historical preservation as a working mill. The architecturally unique mill has a long history of owners and usage that can all be read about on this website. The project welcomes donations and volunteer to help restore, preserve and open the mill as a part of a working component of the area's heritage.
Big Otter Mill is situated on the bank of the Big Otter River, a few miles north of the City of Bedford, Virginia on Route 122 North. The site of this mill has been used for grist and sawmills for more than two hundred years. This mill was first built & operated by Joseph Hardy, Sr., a veteran of the Revolutionary War who settled here in the late 1700s. In 1785 the county granted him permission to erect a mill at this site which became operational in the 18th century.
Thank You to our 2014 Sponsors!
Title Sponsors - $2,000
Master Engineers & Designers
Thank you to Master Engineers & Designers for Seven Consecutive Years of Title Sponsorship!!!
Supporting Sponsors - $1,000
Mrs. Charlie Parker
Community Sponsors - $500
Bank of the James
Bedford Memorial Hospital
Del. Lacey Putney
Laughon & Johnson, Inc.
A. J. Gross & Sons/Mountain Fruit & Produce
Participating Sponsors - $250
Century 21 All Service
Fariss Septic Tank
First Citizens Bank
Del. T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
Goose Creek Studio
Jody Lyons Team - Realtors
Event Sponsors - $100
Scott & Bond
Tharp Funeral Home & Creamatory
Union First Market Bank
Bedford Mutual Insurance Agency
Bedford Welcome Center
Joseph Pillow, Auctioneer
Wilson Port-A-Johns/Lynchburg Restoration
Tours of the mill are available at special events and by appointment.
Please call 1-540-871-0858 for more information.