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

January 16, 2020 – Discussion on Understanding the Constitution, 7:00 pm, Orford Social Library
January 20, 2020 – The Selectboard Office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day
January 21, 2020
 – Presentation of the culvert study  conducted by the UV Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, in the Niles Room, Orford Town Office at 7:00 pm
January 23, 2020 – Public Hearing for the Proposed 2020 Budget, 7:00 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, Rivendell Academy (Snow Date Scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:00 pm)
February 11, 2020 – Presidential Primary, polls open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Niles Room in the Orford Town office
March 10, 2020 – Annual Town Meeting, polls open at 4:00 pm, Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, Rivendell Academy gym, 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