Historical Society

Annual Meeting Postponed:

In light of continuing concerns regarding Covid-19, it has been decided that our annual meeting, which included a talk about the depression era CCC, and tentatively scheduled to take place at the Rivendell Schools main campus in Orford, will not the place on Thursday, September 23.

Instead, a later date will be announced in due course.

Please take a moment to read our 2020 Membership Letter!


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.

"Photo of the Week" Series

Each week we will post a photo(s) from our collections on our Facebook page.

(You can also see closer up views of the photos on Facebook page!)

Check our Photo of the Week page here for additional photos and content!

Our next photo series will focus on selections from the Orford Historical Society Glass Plate Negative Collection

The Orford Historical Society is very fortunate to have a collection of over 800 glass plate negatives primarily from a collection from the Harry Morrison family (Marston Stock Farm) who lived on the Mt. Cube road; now owned by the Schwarz family. There are also smaller amounts of images from other families. We have chosen 23 images of “Views around Orford” all of which are in Orfordville and the Mt. Cube area. We have provided captions for each of these pictures identifying as best as possible the site or people.

Glass plate negatives have to be made into positive images and all of them have been converted to digital images for us to present them to you. Over the next few months, we will be featuring a few of these images in a virtual display in small segments. Going forward we hope to do an actual display in the Heritage Center as soon as it is safe to gather there.

Please provide us with your feedback and any information you might have about the images displayed by emailing orfordhistory@gmail.com.

This week: "East of the 'Ville"

Learn more here, including a selection of news articles!

The Trussell stone house is on Route 25-A east of the Ville just before the Quinttown turn. Note the arbor over the ell steps. This house still stands. The house was owned by Fredrick Becton and his wife, Janet, who was a sister to Bess Cushman who was married to Charles Cushman. An original poem entitled “Our Home” appears in “A Poet to the Orford Community” written by Dorothy Baker Pierson, pages 106-107 and was published by the Orford Historical Society in 2010. [Don’t know the span of time they lived there]

A big elm tree and wooden bridge just west of the Trussell [stone] house on a part of the road bypassed by Route 25-A. Note the way the sides of the bridge are covered with planks and shingles. This was cheaper than a full covered bridge but did serve to protect the framing to some extent.

This was labeled ‘Mt Cube House.’ These may be two of the five barns across the road which burned on August 18, 1918 [according to Jesse Currier’s Memoir.] If so, the scene is the road in front of the house looking east at the fields on the eastern slope of Mt. Cube.

Not a Member of the Orford Historical Society Yet?

Annual membership fee is $25 and can be sent via cash or check (made out to the “Orford Historical Society”) 

with your name, email, and phone number to:

Orford Historical Society 

P.O. Box 44

Orford, NH, 03777 

Your contribution will help us to continue our legacy of bringing Orford history to the community!