Orford Historical Society


The purpose of the Orford Historical Society is to assist the residents of the Town of Orford in preserving their history and heritage for their appreciation and understanding, as well as for that of future generations.

Established in 1996, the OHS is a self-supporting, non-profit educational organization, with membership open to all who are interested in the history of Orford. We regularly present five programs each year, including walking tours and other home grown events drawing on the knowledge and experience of local residents. Working with students, we published an historical guide to the town, and more recently an illustrated collection of Orford-based poetry by Dot Pierson. Our growing collections include artifacts, photographs, letters, and documents.

Please visit the new Farming History Exhibit at the Town Hall Heritage Center in Orfordville officially opening Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Donna Lawless (President)
Richard Donham (VP), Special Projects – PastPerfect, Nominations
Sam Hanford (Secretary), Community Relations (overall head, especially PR)
Beverly Andrews-Potry, Community Relations – Events, Special Projects – Oral Histories
Priscilla Clark, Exhibits
Ann Green, Fund Raising – Membership Chair
David Smith, Special Projects – Oral Histories


Share your COVID-19 Story!

 From now until July 31, the Orford Historical Society and the Orford Libraries are partnering to collect a first round of COVID-19 stories, reflections, thoughts, narratives, photos, artwork, and artifacts to preserve this moment of living history!

Submissions can be shared three-ways:



Hard-Copy via Mail:

Orford Historical Society
P.O. Box 44
Orford, N.H. 03777

Hard-Copy via Drop-Off:

Items can be dropped-off at the Orford Libraries.

Orford Social Library (573 Main Street): Please place submissions in outside return box anytime

Orford Free Library (2539 NH-25A):  Please place submissions in the blue plastic bin marked “return items only” during designated return hours (Tuesday & Friday 4-7 pm and Saturday 9:30-11 am)

Thank you in advance for your help with this crucial project!

Questions? Email the OHS at orfordhistory@gmail.com


Contact & Hours

Orford Historical Society
P.O. Box 44
Orford, N.H. 03777
(603) 353-9307, 353-2139
Email: orfordhistory@gmail.com
Facebook: Orford Historical Society
Twitter: @OrfordHistory