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

April 22nd – Public Hearing for the Special Town Meeting 7:00 pm, Rivendell Multi-Purpose Room – please refer to the Selectboard page for more details
April 25th – Presentation: Railroads & the Rise & Fall of the White Mt Hotels 7:00 pm, Rivendell Multi-Purpose Room
May 1st – Special Town Meeting 7:00 pm, Rivendell Middle School Gym – please refer to the Selectboard page for more details
May 4th – Orford Green Up Day – please refer to the Parks & Playgrounds Committee page for more information
May 4th – August 10th – Household Hazardous Waste Collection – please refer to the Services page for locations, dates and times
June 29th – August 24th – Orford Bandstand Events – please refer to the Bandstand Committee page the specifics
July 27th – Annual Car Show on the Orford Common
August 3rd and 4th – Annual Flea Market on the Orford Common