Orford, New Hampshire, Grafton County

Orford is a rural community on the Connecticut River in western New Hampshire. Home to approximately 1200 people, Orford is known for its historic “ridge” homes, as well as family farms and small businesses. Much of Orford is forested, providing for a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, boating, snowshoeing and hunting. Chartered in 1761, Orford has a history of close ties with its neighboring towns on the Vermont side of the river. In 1998, Orford and the Vermont towns of Fairlee, West Fairlee and Vershire formed the preK-12 Rivendell Interstate School District. Mount Cube, Sunday Mountain and Cottonstone Mountain, Indian Pond and Upper and Lower Baker ponds are distinctive features of the Orford landscape. The Appalachian Trail passes over the summit of Mt. Cube, and the cross-Rivendell trail connects Orford to neighboring Vermont towns.

Orford is about 18 miles north of Hanover and Dartmouth College, along the scenic Connecticut River Valley. It’s an easy drive to the White Mountains, Franconia Notch State Park, the Kancamagus Highway, and Lake Winnipesaukee.

CDC Vaccine Information

Below are several websites that have been found helpful regarding the COVID Vaccine

CDC Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS)  https://vams.cdc.gov/vaccineportal/s/login/

Vaccination enrollment process – the info is available at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/index.htm  Be sure to click the “Vaccine Registration” button, which takes one to https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/  These sites appear to be self-explanatory, but real life experience underscores the need for help.

March 4, 2021 – Governor Sununu announced that registrations using the new state system NOT VAMS will begin 3/17/21 for those eligible under Group 2A with vaccine appointments starting 3/22/21 at fixed sites and Walgreens. Group 2A is comprised of school staff K-12, childcare staff and youth recreation staff.

Group 2B eligible individuals will begin registration 3/22/21 with vaccine appointments beginning 3/25/21. Group 2B are those individuals between age 50 and 64 years of age. Directions for new state registration system have yet to be released. As more information becomes available we will distribute.

Click here for details about who are considered eligible in Groups or Phase 2A and 2 B

Lyme, NH Emergency Management Covid Information  https://www.lymenh.gov/emergency-management/pages/covid-19-information. The Community Care of Lyme’s (CCL) helpline is also available to Orford residents. They can be reached at #603-795-0603 or help@cclyme.org

Vaccine sites in NH

Upcoming Events

A PDF version of the Annual Report can be found under documents on the Selectboard’s tab

Results of the March 9, 2021 Official Ballot Election of Officers can be found on the  Town Clerk’s tab


May 1, 2021 – Green Up Day – please refer to the Parks & Playgrounds tab for more information

May 1, 2021 – October 2, 2021 – Household Hazardous Waste Collections  – location listings can be found on the services tab

May 22, 2021 – Annual Business Meeting, East Commons in the vicinity of the Bandstand, 1:00 pm – additional information can be found on the Selectboard’s tab

Please refer to the Calendar for regularly scheduled meetings

All persons doing business in person at any town building will be required to wear a mask.

At this time, the Orford Town Offices are open – for information on conducting Town business, please refer to the Selectboard page.

COVID-19 information

For more information on COVID-19, please refer to the Emergency Management page

The NH Legal Assistance (NHLA) Community Guidance for COVID-19 Crisis

NHLA has put together an overview on public programs and systems – please click here for information on Social Security and Unemployment Benefits, Utilities, Food Stamps, Cash Assistance and Medicaid, Domestic Violence, Housing, and Senior and Consumer Law.

Paycheck Protection Program – Small Business Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. Please click here for more information