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.

Upcoming Events

February 19, 2020 – Informational Presentation on the Town Road #100 Culvert Replacement , 7:00 pm in the Niles Room- please refer to the Selectboard page for more information
February 29, 2020 – “Growing Up on an Orford Farm in the 1950’s-1960’s” presentation, 7:00 pm at the Orford Congregational Church, Orford, NH-please refer to the Historical Society page for more information
March 10, 2020 – Annual Town Meeting, polls open at 4:00 pm, Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, Rivendell Academy gym, Orford, NH
July 18, 2020 – Annual Car, Truck, Tractor & Motorcycle show, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm on the Town Common, Orford, NH (Rain Date – July 19, 2020)
August 1st and 2nd, 2020 – 44th Annual Flea Market, on the Town Common, Orford, NH
September 8, 2020 – State Primary, polls open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Niles Room in the Orford Town office
November 3, 2020 – General Election, polls open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Niles Room in the Orford Town office

Please refer to the Calendar for regularly scheduled meetings