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.

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: "Book Road"

Learn more here, including a selection of news articles!

This was labeled ‘Rex,’ who must be the horse, facing east on the Brook Road. See Ville School in background. Likely Mrs. Florence Pease and baby Edith, c. 1910. Florence’s husband, John, was Art Pease’s great-uncle.

Looking west along Brook Road toward the bridge and Orfordville. This was the main road at this time.

The view east along Brook Road with Mt. Cube in the distance. This was the main road east of the Ville until the state moved the road to the south of the brook in the mid-1920s. This is the third bridge in these views which are ‘half-covered.’

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!