After 43 years, someone new will have a chance to operate one of Louisa County’s most unique businesses.
Bill and Ruth Small are turning over Small Country Campground on Byrd Mill Road to Robert and Cynthia Miller. The new owners, who live in the Tidewater area, agreed to pay roughly $4 million for the property, Bill Small said.
“It’s bittersweet for me,” he said. “We’re getting too old for this and the government is squeezing us.” He said other family members were not in a position financially to buy the facility. “This is a great time for [the Millers] to get started, since their kids are grown up.”
The Smalls started the campground in 1976 while they still held jobs in Washington, D.C. They moved here for good 20 years later.
Over the years the campground has become known as a leisure destination, with a popular swimming and fishing lake, a mini golf course and several large annual concerts and events.
“It’s made people happy and given them a lot of memories,” Bill Small said of the campground, which he called “his baby.’ We’ve had multiple generations of families come here.”
The Millers intend to keep the Small Country name, he said. Small said he has given them his ideas on future projects, such as a possible water park.
Bill and Ruth plan to keep their Louisa County house, but will spend the colder months on their boat cruising islands in the Caribbean Sea.