Big Island, VA
The community is centered around a Georgia Pacific paper mill that has been in operation for more than 125 years and is considered one of the longest continuously producing paper mills in the United States. The small community is located along the James River north of Lynchburg, Virginia. Also known for The Sedalia Center is home to some of the most anticipated annual food and music festivals in southwest Virginia, drawing loyal attendees year-after-year from the local communities of Big Island and Sedalia, as well as from the cities of Lynchburg, Amherst, Roanoke, and Bedford. Known for the stagging local and well-known bluegrass artists and of course the famous chili cook-offs (our favorite). The area is named for a large, uninhabited island in the river upstream from the community. The smell of the sulfur from the output of the plant has been brought to a minimum. The community has approximately 300 residents.