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Since 1785

Welcome to Big Otter Mill

A Unique Bedford Landmark ~ Part of Our Heritage

We are now accepting applications from vendors and demonstrators for the Big Otter Mill Harvest Festival, which will be held at Big Otter Mill on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Please click here to download a 2018 Harvest Festival Vendor Application. Thank 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.


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Physical address:3533 Big Island HighwayBedford, VA 24523 Mailing address:Big Otter Mill FoundationP. O. Box 294Bedford, VA, 24523...

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