Big Otter

GPS: 38.529, -81.033
ELEVATION: 890 Feet

Big Otter is a rural community located on I-79 at Exit 40. The direct Interstate access makes for less than an hour’s drive to shopping and job centers in Charleston, Clarksburg and Summersville. According to Shirley Bays, West Virginia Realty Agent, “People are coming to live in Big Otter from other areas because they like the safe and friendly atmosphere and the ability to have gardens, keep livestock, and go hunting or fishing. It’s also a good investment because real estate values in Central West Virginia are stable and increasing.”

Rick Tanner and his wife Pam have raised two sons while living in Big Otter and are expecting their fifth grandchild. Mr. Tanner was born and raised in Big Otter. In the Spring of 2009 they opened the Antique Cafe right off I-79’s Exit 40. “We had a restaurant in Clay and also sold antiques at shows,” explained Mr. Tanner. “We combined the two for this restaurant.” The family restaurant has a friendly casual atmosphere and a menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites. The hand-dipped ice creams are popular year-round. An antique mall surrounds the dining area, giving customers a lot to look at, talk about… and maybe take home!

The Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department is essential to the community, providing fire response teams and first responders for fire and healthcare emergencies. BOVFD Board President George Jones is leading efforts to establish a HealthNet zone at the Big Otter Fire Station to accommodate helicopter landings. In addition, Big Otter VFD sponsors an annual dinner to raise money for Clay County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and holds Thursday Night Bingo to raise money for community needs, such as help for neighbors with expensive medical conditions. For information about serving as a Volunteer Fireman, call Chief Marni Killingsworth at 304-286-5905.

The Big Otter Senior Citizens & Community Building rocks on Friday evenings when local bands perform during Music Night. A small cover donation is used to pay the band and food is available to purchase. The facility is used by residents for family gatherings and events such as wedding receptions, bridal showers, baby showers and birthday parties. For more information about the community building call Catherine Boggs at 304-286-3437.

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Big Otter Senior Citizens & Community Building comes alive on Friday nights with music from local bands.

Big Otter Senior Citizens & Community Building comes alive on Friday nights with music from local bands.

 Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department provides fire response, first responder services and fundraising leadership for a variety of community needs.

Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department provides fire response, first responder services and fundraising leadership for a variety of community needs.

 Opened in 2007, Big Otter Elementary School is a 35,500 sq. ft. facility with classrooms, recreational rooms, computer lab, library and playground.

Opened in 2007, Big Otter Elementary School is a 35,500 sq. ft. facility with classrooms, recreational rooms, computer lab, library and playground.

Antique Cafe's dining room is roomy and casual. The rest of the large building holds an antique mall with a variety of primitives, collectibles and antiques.

Antique Cafe’s dining room is roomy and casual. The rest of the large building holds an antique mall with a variety of primitives, collectibles and antiques.

 The Reuben Sandwich is a customer favorite at Antique Cafe. It's homemade using Pam Tanner's recipe.

The Reuben Sandwich is a customer favorite at Antique Cafe. It’s homemade using Pam Tanner’s recipe.

 Shirley Bays speaks on the phone with a customer at West Virginia Land, Farm, Home Realty with the company of her Miniature Pincher Trixie.

Shirley Bays speaks on the phone with a customer at West Virginia Land, Farm, Home Realty with the company of her Miniature Pincher Trixie.

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Homes in Big Otter, West Virginia

Homes in Big Otter, West Virginia

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