The mill was built in Bedford County, Virginia and operated by Joseph Hardy Sr. a veteran of the Revolutionary War, who settled here in the late 1700's. It has been used for grist and sawmills for more than two hundred years.
holds that a fire destroyed the building around 1916.
Mr. Reed Forbes ad his sons rebuilt the house at a higher elevation above the river and replaced the mill in 1920. The mill was a combination of corn and flour mill with three working floors.
The brand names were Golden Eagle Flour and Pioneer Corn Meal.
Like many old mills...Big Otter Mill served as a community center of sorts. This beautiful old mill is undergoing reconstruction. A waterwheel is its latest addition. Big Otter Mill host
several fund raising events during each year and tours can be arranged.
Pioneer Corn Bread
2 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup shortenig or bacon fat, melted
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients...pour into greased black iron skillet...bake 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes