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.


President: Carl Schmidt
Vice President: Ted Cooley
Treasurer: Mark Blanchard
Secretary: Sam Hanford
Program Committee: Harry Pease
Collections Committee: Acting – Kathy Baker
Membership Committee: Acting – Ann Green
Publicity Committee: Acting – Eva Daniels
Additional Directors: Beverly Andrews-Potry, Paula Sanborn Graves, Craig Tomlinson

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


Historian Art Pease will give an overview of the animals, crops, methods and roles of farm folks, with emphasis  the early years through the late 19th century.  Written accounts, both from Orford and Northern New England in general, serve as the basis of this talk, with 1850 and 1870 Census data providing details from which conclusions can be drawn.

Join us for the special program at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th at Rivendell Academy’s Multipurpose Room.

Please be sure to visit the new Farming History Exhibit at the Town Hall Heritage Center in Orfordville.