Since 1785

Welcome to Big Otter Mill

A Unique Bedford Landmark ~ Part of Our Heritage



In Memory

Big Otter Mill lost its best friend and staunchest supporter on March 24, 2016. Mrs. Becky Wuergler, longtime President of the Big Otter Mill Board of Directors, passed away. We will deeply miss Becky’s leadership and enthusiasm, but know that her spirit will live on in Big Otter Mill. The ongoing restoration of Big Otter Mill is a testament of Becky’s devotion to our community, and we will fully complete the restoration of Big Otter Mill in her honor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Becky’s family and friends. God bless you Becky. We love you.

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 434-455-2308 for more information.


Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors! 


Title Sponsor - $2,000 

Master Engineers & Designers

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


Supporting Sponsors - $1,000



Community Sponsors - $500



Participating Sponsors - $250

Johnson's Orchard & Peaks of Otter Winery


Event Sponsors - $100

Southern Flavoring

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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