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009-0152 Big Otter Mill

Big Otter Mill
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NRHP Listing Date 10/30/1998

NPS property number 98001314

Big Otter Mill is a remarkably intact early-20th-century roller and gristmill. Millers Reed Forbes and his son John built it north of the Bedford city limits on a fork of the Big Otter River, one of the county’s principal waterways. Formerly known as Forbes Mill, the large mortise-and-tenon, frame mill building is topped by an unusual and picturesque mansard roof. The mill retains a nearly complete set of early-20th-century machinery that, until the late 1940s, processed corn, wheat, and other locally produced grains. During the early 20th century, smaller-scale commercial activities, including a steam-powered sawmill and a country store, supplemented the mill’s operation. The foundation of the store and an early-20th-century millrace remains on the merchant mill property.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018