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.

All persons doing business in person at any town building will be required to follow the current CDC guidelines.

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

CDC Vaccine Information

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

Notices and Upcoming Events

Broadband Survey – The Orford Broadband Committee is seeking input from every Orford household and business to understand the current state of broadband service. Please click here to access the Broadband Committee Page for more information and to access the survey.

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


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

July 19, 2021 – August 6, 2021 – Orford-Piermont Swim Program – more information and the registration form can be found on the Parks & Playgrounds tab

July 14, 2021 – August 28, 2021 – Concerts on the Common, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Details of the concerts can be found on the Bandstand tab

August 7, 2021 – August 8, 2021 – Annual Flea Market, On the Town Common

Please refer to the Calendar for regularly scheduled meetings