Since 1785

Welcome to Big Otter Mill

A Unique Bedford Landmark ~ Part of Our Heritage

The Harvest Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2015 due to forecasted inclement weather!

Harvest Festival Poster - BOM 2015

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.


Tours of the mill are available at special events and by appointment.  Please call 1-540-871-0858 for more information.


Thank you to The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust for supporting Big Otter Mill with a $4,000 Grant!


Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Logo


Thank You to our 2015 Sponsors! 


Title Sponsor - $2,000 

Master Engineers & Designers

Thank you to Master Engineers & Designers for Eight Consecutive Years of Title Sponsorship!!!


Supporting Sponsors - $1,000

Centra Health

Commerical Glass and Plastics


Community Sponsors - $500

Bank of the James

Gross Orchard/Mountain Fruit & Produce


Participating Sponsors - $250

First Citizens Bank

Goose Creek Studios

Lynchburg Ready Mix

R. Smith Fariss


Event Sponsors - $100

L.R. Robey Agency

Scott & Bond

Southern Flavoring

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory

Witt Mechanical


In Kind:

Bedford Bulletin

Bedford Welcome Center

Comfort Systems USA

K&K Signs

Lynchburg Crane

Stimulus Advertising & Web Design

Wilson's Septic Tank Service/Lynchburg Restoration


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Located on Route 122 on Big Island Highway for 2.5 miles. See Map for directions.


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