On December 4, 2022 the Orford Historical Society along with the Orford Free Library hosted a joint festive holiday open house.

Many of Orford’s friends and families attended and enjoyed an evening which included making tree ornaments, story and craft time, and decorating holiday cookies. The event also served as an opportunity to recognize Carl Schmidt’s many contributions to the community.

Historical Visit to the Dame Hill section of Orford

The Orford Historical Society is planning a new program in the Spring, a historical visit to the Dame Hill section of Orford. Our next meeting will be on January 12 at 7pm at the Town Hall Heritage Center. All are invited who may have stories to tell about events that occurred on Dame Hill and/or may have of the history of families and individuals who lived there at one time. We invite everyone who might be interested in helping with the research of the original settlers, occupations, notable historical events, the cemetery, and buildings that were lost over the passing of time. Please join us.

Orford Historical Society Holiday Open House

You are Invited to Attend

Joint Holiday Open House

Orford Historical Society and Orford Free Library

Sunday December 4th, 2022 ~ 2:00-5:00 pm

at the Orford Historical Society Heritage Center.

Refreshments will be served. All are Welcome!


Time Locations Event

2:15pm Town Hall Heritage Center OHS Honoring Carl Schmidt

For his years of significant

Contributions to the


3:00pm-4:00pm Orford Free Library Story Night Tree and Craft

time 3-D paper Christmas


4:00pm Town Hall Heritage Center Decorating Holiday Cookies

Past Events

The History of Farming as Told by Barns - October 2019 - illustrated talk presented at the Main Street Church by N.H. Barn Committee member, John Porter. Followed by a gathering on Washburn Hill in Orfordville to explore and learn about two well-preserved 19th Century barns at the historic Washburn family farmstead. The afternoon tour was hosted by Shawn Washburn, and his son Casey, and focused on the older "English style" barn and the adjacent mid-19th Century "Yankee style" barn, plus an additional shed filled with historic tools and farm equipment.