The Town Hall Heritage Center is now open for in-person visits on Saturdays and Wednesdays!
Stop-by any Saturday between 10am and 1pm or Wednesday afternoons 3:30pm-6:30pm
to view our Summer 2023 EXHIBIT~ The DAME HILL PROJECT & Glass Plate Negative exhibit and other historic treasures!
New Hampshire Magazine
*The Orford Historical Society did find two errors in the article -
Robert Fulton "stole" Morey's steamboat ideas, not Eli Whitney and
the soapstone (really mostly slate) quarry was behind the Ville school, not the Town Hall!
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 - please note, you do not need to be a member of have a Facebook Account to do so!)
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
This week: "The Sanborn/Blake Family"
Lucille, Kathy and Nate Blake - taken at the Clark farm on Blackberry Hill
Everett Blake and his sisters Evelyn Blake Sanborn (Robert of Orford), Dorothy Blake Nolan (older sister who lived in Arizona), and Cora Blake Sanborn (Richard of Wentworth)
Bernard Sanborn and Flora Sanborn Blake
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!