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

Southern Flavoring

Tharp Funeral Home & Creamatory

Union First Market Bank

Witt Mechanical

Becky Wuergler


 Bedford Mutual Insurance Agency

In Kind:

Bedford Bulletin

Bedford Welcome Center

K&K Signs

Joseph Pillow, Auctioneer

Lynchburg Crane

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.