Orford, New Hampshire

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 a small rural community with a current population of 1091 individuals comprising 470 households. (US Census Bureau, Census 2000). 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.

County: Grafton
State: New Hampshire
Post Office: Orford 03777
Town Population: 1044
Town Website:  www.orfordnh.us
Town Clerk: 603-353-4404 
townclerk@orfordnh.us
Police Chief: 603-353-4252
School: www.rivendellschool.org     
Samual Morey Elementary 802-333-9755     Rivendell Academy 603-353-4321

Library:  Orford Free Library 603-353-9166       Orford Social Library 603-353-9756

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