"Photos of the Week" 

This week of August 6th, 2023, the long term Orford resident featured for Willows Senior Project, is Betty Messer.

Betty Messer was born on July 17th, 1940, right here in Orford and has lived here her whole life. One of her fondest memories I enjoyed hearing was her sitting in a rocking chair with a chicken, thinking she was putting it to sleep. The changes that she's seen over the years here in town are things like an increase in traffic and less community get togethers. When she was growing up everything was in town for entertainment and you really didn’t need to go anywhere else. There was a drive-in theater open on weekends, on Mondays there was roller skating and on Wednesdays the Community Council would give dancing lessons to all the kids in town. On weekends she enjoyed babysitting, however, Mrs. Messer’s favorite thing was and still is, singing and playing her guitar. She's been doing so for many years and she absolutely loves it. When it comes to jobs, her main job was raising five children, and after they got old enough, she went to the publishing company in Orford for 10 years. She then went to work in the town clerk's position for the town of Hanover. She got done in 2000 and went into full-time maple sugaring with her husband.

The Orford Historical Society will be featuring Willow Wilson's Senior Rivendell High School Project. This week July 31st 2023 is long term Orford Resident Tom Thomson.

Tom Thomson born November 5th, 1945 was born in Long Island, New York. He and his family came to Orford nine years later in 1954. He is one of six siblings.His father became governor of New Hampshire in 1972 and served for six years. Mr. Thomson grew up doing chores before going to school in Orfordville. He worked hard on the farm and he is glad that he grew up without the technology there is today, as it has taught him a good work ethic. After school he joined the National Guard and then came home to work at Equity Publishing, where eventually he became president. But his favorite work he did, and still does, is working in the woods. He has been a certified tree farmer for 40 years and owns 2800 acres with his wife Sheila. Those acres are one of the largest conservation of tree farms left. Mr. Thomson strives to show everyone the beauty and importance of nature. To do so, he created a forestry education building where everyone can learn all there is about protecting the forest.

The Orford Historical Society will be featuring Willow Wilson's Senior Rivendell High School Project. This week July, 22nd 2023 we will feature long term Orford resident Larry Taylor.

Born in Barnet Vermont, May 9, 1954 Larry Taylor came to Orford in 1966. Mr. Taylor remembers there were only two houses on Archertown Road and two houses on Indian Pond road. He believes the town is going backwards, with the changes that he's seen and the lack of community and he doesn't think the town is getting better. He misses the way it was. One day, he hopes to “get back to some of the good ways.” He has had many jobs but has been in the fire department for 33 years and is the president of the fire Association. He has been a farmer since 1973 raising beef cattle and making shavings and he also does some dirt work. Around here a lot of people know him as the guy with a bunch of cats in his barn, however with the increase in predators those cats have slowly decreased in population. Mr Taylor is an all-around friendly guy who often misses the community that he grew up in. He has sadly watched those people he grew up with move on and/or pass away.

The Orford Historical Society gratefully  accepted  the  1923 vintage   player piano which was recently  donated by Martha and Bob Hodges via Martha’s father Alvin Gluek who purchased the Gulbransen player piano in 1990. The  self-playing piano contains a pneumatic or electro-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via programmed music recorded on perforated paper or metallic rolls.  We invite everyone to come to the Town Hall Heritage Center this summer on  (Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm or Wednesdays 3:30pm- 6:30pm) to see this amazing piano  and how delightfully  it plays along with  its  beautiful restoration. There  are many music rolls to choose from in a wooden storage cabinet. 

We Honor and Memorialize another one of our Fallen Orford community members,

PFC. Charles R. Pierce World War II.

His nephew, Charles Pierce is receiving the Purple Heart from the Air Force General along with a photo of Governor John Lynch of New Hampshire.


 This Memorial Day 2023 ~The Orford Historical Society remembers one of our own 

CPL Clayton Maynard Huckins.

In Times Past: We remember their sacrifice https://jonews.com/?p=2962 

Please check out Larry Coffins' http://larrycoffin.blogspot.com/In Times Past:

A special Thank You to Richard Marsh for the sharing of this Remembrance ~


Orford Historical Society Annual Meeting Presentation ~ The 1936 Flood in Orford~  April 27, 2023


James Y. Cushman house

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Hunting camp belonging to Eugene Cross with deer hanging.

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Folks on the porch of the Trussell house nicely displaying the trellis. 

Posted: April 15th, 2023

The Trussell stone house on Rt. 25A.

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Steamboat excursion on Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vt. What did the woman rowboat do to be excluded?

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Wentworth/Mt. Cube Road [25-A] looking east at Mt. Cube from in front of the Morrison farm. Note large recently cut-over section on the mountain.

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Abiathar Britton, an Orford lawyer, built the house on Main Street in 1832. Home now owned by Carl Schmidt

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Willard house located third from the north on the Ridge. House was owned by the Warren/Fifield’s for many years and recently sold. Note recently cut hay.

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Hinckley House on the Ridge located second from the north. House was owned by the Beale family for many years

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Carr-Snow house on Main Street. Post office was located in an addition in 1925, now removed. Note granite posts in the foreground.

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Willard’s Store located on the east side of Main St, about opposite Bridge St. Note hay [platform] scale at the left. Store burned in 1905 and was never rebuilt

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Beal house at west end of Orfordville just beyond the Church. Only photo we have of this building which burned in 1937 when owned by Mrs. Foley

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Orfordville Store after Ed Pease sold to Cheney & Andrews, owners from 1906-1910

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Orfordville Church which was built in 1895 after previous one burned.

Posted: April 15th, 2023

B. W. Abbott store on Main St. Fairlee; later Chapman’s Pharmacy.

Posted: April 15th, 2023

Sugarhouse (location unknown). Men with yoks ready to gather sap. The man on the right might be Phil Bean

Posted: March 5th, 2023

Old Fairlee Church on Main St. Note horse sheds in the back.

Posted: March 5th, 2023

Conant family riding in a surrey. The Conant’s owned the Prescott House on Main Street.

Posted: March 5th, 2023

Summer cottage located on the south end of Upper Baker Pond was owned by Walter Horton family.

Posted: February 17th, 2023

Orfordville Store owned by Edwin S. Pease, circa 1904

Posted: February 17th, 2022

Bridge Street home located on the right heading toward Fairlee. Early on it was owned by Lyman Hayes. The second story was added in 1875 by Thomas Dimick. Now converted into apartments with no bay windows.

Posted: February 17th,2023

Elm House with shed and barns. The shed was built in 1798 by Samuel Morey and the main house was built in 1849 by Joseph Patterson

Posted: February 17th, 2023

This week: Having a Good time in Orford, NH

Young woman side-saddle on horse, in front of the Prescott [Dumont, 2022] house on the west side of Main St. just north of the Main\Bridge Street corner, with the horse facing south. 

Posted October 28th, 2022

This week: "The Sanborn/Blake Family"

Posted July 14, 2022

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

This week: "The Pease Family"

Posted July 6, 2022

Mabel Pease with four older Pease kids on porch, 1935

Rear – Howard, Mabel, Gerald; Front – Francis, Irene. Mabel Sherburn Pease was Glenn’s mother. The 4 kids were children of Glenn & Theda Pease.

Four Pease Kids and Dog in Snow c.1942

Rear – Howard, Gerald; Front – Francis, Jack, Irene

Mabel Pease with six older children, 1944  

L>R: Della Donnelly, Edna McIntire, Mabel Pease, Glenn Pease, Gladys Hartley, Dorice Pease, Vernie Burnham. Glenn was the only boy, after six girls.

Pease family portrait – 1947   

Rear – Francis, Gerald, Howard; Front – Glenn, Arthur, Theda, Irene.

This week: "The Tallman/Cummings Family"

Posted June 29, 2022

Tallman/Cummings kids at Lake Morey, c.1948

L>R; Mary Cummings, Edna Canfield [Fillian], Richard, Madeline, Clyde Jr. Cummings

These children were all grandchildren of Forrest and Jennie Rhodes Tallman.

Wally and Judy Cummings, 1948

Judy in highchair. Judy is wife of Art Pease.

Clyde Cummings’ truck with Two Kids

We’re not sure just who the kids are but we like the photo! 

Edna and Josephine Canfield W/dog In Snow

Edna Canfield [Fillian]and sister, Josephine Canfield [Barber]

This week: "The Franklin Family"

Posted June 22, 2022

4 Generations of Franklins/Clarks—Baby Harry Franklin, held by Mother Marion Clark Franklin, maternal grandmother, Gertrude Keyes Clark and maternal great grandmother, Mary Keyes Clark

1913 or 14-Ruth Franklin Sanborn and Harry Franklin pictured under the barn bridge at the Franklin farm

1949-Lewis, Walter Franklin, Nettie Pierson Blake, Priscilla Franklin Harrington, Kippy Pierson Gordon at Franklin sugarhouse

1889-Alice Franklin Baker, age 10, daughter of Lewis and Rebecca Cushman Franklin, mother of Helen Baker Sanborn and Dorothy Baker Pierson, aunt of Harry Franklin

1889-Arthur Franklin, age 8, son of Lewis Franklin and Rebecca Cushman Franklin, father of Harry Franklin

Circa 1919-Helen Baker Sanborn, Ruth Franklin Sanborn, Dorothy Baker Pierson and Harry Franklin

This week: "Family Groups"

Posted June 15, 2022

Bailey kids, a family’s pride and joy. Three children, perhaps 3-10, on porch, youngest in chair. There was a Bailey family in Orfordville and the man worked on the church and was killed due to a fall when working on a Morrison barn. This may be that family.

Eugene Cross family (older girl, Lavina Cross Pierson) Cross kids, family. Woman, man, three children sitting on porch. Man is Eugene Cross. Lavina Cross, the older of the children, married Ralph Pierson of Bradford, VT.

Dwyers and Franklins: Five women, five little children in front of mortared stone wall. Mary Tullar seated in center, Alice Franklin on right. In back, Rebecca Cushman Franklin [wife of Lewis] and Marion Clark Franklin [wife of Arthur, mother of Harry]

Wright Family: Young adult man and woman in chairs, each holding a small child. The mother is likely a Belford.

Belford group. Family, likely 4 generations, man, woman, older woman seated, holding two children, two older men in back. Likely George H. and Emma J., 55 and 56 in 1910. George listed as ‘general farming, employee’. George W. is 19 in 1910, so the younger man is likely him. May have lived on Dame Hill.

Group at Harlow A. Childs. Family group sitting outside in front of screen door, older woman, man, and woman, three girls, Edith, Elsie, Ruth

This week: "Orford Young Men or Boys"

Posted June 1, 2022

Harold Rutledge Steers. Young boy with yoke of young Holstein steers, in snow, house in background.

Ralph, laughing not big enough yet. Young boy standing in corner holding rifle with butt on floor; long tunic, slack belt.

Three young men sitting on south end of Mall, Academy building on right. Base of large flagpole? The one on the left may be Charles Tullar.

This week: "Orford Children with Toys or Pets"

Posted May 25, 2022

Young girl [age 8-10], vertically striped dress, two braids, with big dog on stone area in front of house.

Young girl [age 8-10] standing with sled in front of snow pile next to house.

Lillian [age 4-5] on porch with drum, vertically striped dress. Based on census data, likely Lillian Cross, daughter of Joseph & Agnes.

Young girl [age 8-10] standing in front of masonry stone wall with big dog.

This week: "Children of Orford"

Posted May 10, 2022

Catherine in chair. Baby sitting in big chair, in corner.

Girl [5-6] kneeling in straight-back chair, arms on back, plant on table to her right

Woman seated in chair with girl standing in chair beside her. Baby Robert Carr

Catherine in high chair. Girl [8?] in high-chair, short dark hair, chunky with white dress. Several others of her. Catherine was the daughter of Harry and Frances Morrison.

Catherine with apple. Girl [2?] in wicker baby carriage, with apple or ball, in corner of room

This week: "Winter on Pease Farm"

Additional Resources: Selections from the Pease diaries 

Posted April 12, 2022

Gerald Shoveling Barn Roof, with woodpile 1969

Frost on Pease Living Room Window, 2/91

Glenn Pease Shoveling Back Roof 3/56

Snow fence in field below Pease house, 4/68

[Snow fence was put up by the NH DOT to keep snow from drifting into the road to the left. Without the fence, the road could drift ‘full’, with three or four feet of snow after a good-sized storm.]

This week: "East Orford and Ice Cutting"

Additional Resources: Select News Articles 

Posted April 5, 2022

Ice Cutting. Note the hoist to lift ice onto the sled, likely on Lake Morey

Ice Harvest on Lower Baker 1936 [Camp Pemi photo]

Glenn Pease and Spot with sleigh 1915-16

Glenn Pease and Spot with sleigh 1915-16

This week: "Families in Winter"

Posted March 29, 2022

Road across bridge below Franklins at the intersection of Archertown and Indian Pond Rd.  Looking up the road from just over a bridge with large set of buildings on the left side of the road with two sheds on the opposite side. Four people in road. This is the Baker\Pierson\Taylor farm on Indian Pond Road looking south, back up the hill toward the Dame Hill Road.

Eugene Cross, 39, a farm laborer for Morrison c.1910-20, and 99% sure that is his wife, Elizabeth, pictured in an open one seat, one-horse sleigh.

Woman In sleigh with dog – Marion Clark Franklin

Dog in Chair, Man, Horse – Arthur Franklin

This week: "Orfordville in Winter"

Additional Resources: Select News Articles 

Posted March 8, 2022

Brick schoolhouse in Orfordville in winter.

Orfordville house between the old brick school and the Grange Hall in winter. The house was owned by the Mousley's in the 1940s and 1950s.

Orfordville looking west in winter.

Orfordville store (note the name on the sign - "Randall") and Orfordville Church.

This week: "Cattle in Winter"

Additional Resources: Select News Articles 

Posted February 23, 2022

Beau Blanchard led by Clarence 1913 December 

[Beau was one of their best bulls!]

Pearson and Clarence, cows, with two men

Young steers in yoke standing in yard looking away from each other in a winter setting

Two boys in caps with yoke of Holstein steers in the snowy yard. [Not sure who the boys are – not Morrison, do you recognize any relatives?]

Pat and Mike, Hereford steers about 3 months old. That may be Sam Morrison kneeling and his father Harry in back.

This week: "Work with Wood in Winter"

Additional Resources: Excerpt from Francis Pease's Diary and Select News Articles 

Posted February 8, 2022

Load of “Popple”. It is Poplar but this is the way I (Art Pease) always heard it pronounced. Two teams of horses pulling scoot loaded with four or five piles of wood with man standing on load and small barn in background.

Sam and Harvey, the two men and Pat and Mike, Hereford oxen pulling bobsled load of split wood.

Sam and steers. Pat and Mike with another yoke of oxen, pulling scoot with wood. Two young teamsters looking at the camera.

Three yoke of oxen pulling scoot load of wood (Herefords in the middle yoke) with Harry and Sam Morrison beside them with barn in the background.

This week: "Winter"

Additional Resources: Select News Articles 

Posted January 25, 2022

Snow Lee house. Small building in field in winter with large spruce or pine beside it.

West Congregational Church woodpile, perhaps c. 1900

Orford 52 Winter Scene -Willard’s Store, c.1890 [This is looking north along Main Street, where the store was about opposite Bridge St. Burned in December, 1905, never rebuilt.

The first snow at Morrison farm, Oct. 5, 1911. Wall and two-part ‘garden gate’ in winter.

Ice, May 3, 1908. Stone wall with wooden gate, small barn and power lines in winter. Across road from barns and house after an ice storm with lines and trees coated.

E.P. Cross (hired man at Morrison’s) hunting camp with stovepipe and doe hanging outside.

This week: "Barns at Orford Street"

Additional Resources: Select News Articles 

Posted January 11, 2022

The Annex, 1914 Looking northwest toward Fairlee.

This looks toward Fairlee, across what is now Tullando Farm pasture and corn land. Note the granite fence posts which are still there! The buildings may be what was known as the Greer place c.1950.

The Annex, September 1914

A view of the barns, taken from Lower Street, looking east. These barns burned in the early 1920s.

Clarence Carr’s horses in Wheeler barnyard on the Ridge. Man driving two horse open two-seater wagon.

We don’t think of the Ridge properties in this way but several of them were working farms. This is a view of some of the barn buildings at the Wheeler house.

The Annex. 1914 [possibly addition on existing buildings] The farm Harry Morrison moved to in the mid-teens, on Lower St. now Peyton Place. The barns burned in the early 1920s.

In 1914, Harry Morrison of the Marston Stock Farm bought the Myron Dennis farm on Lower Street and moved there. His son, Sam, stayed on the Marston farm for a few years but soon moved to Windsor, MA, to manage a large stock farm there.

This week: "Buildings at Other Farms"

Additional Resources: Select News Articles 

Posted December 21, 2021

Harvey Washburn’s farm on Dame Hill. Set of extended farm buildings with 2 ½ story house with front dormer, two chimneys and ell with one chimney, corncrib, barn and red barn with dirt ramp.

Harvey Washburn returned from service in WW I and bought the Russell farm in 1919. The building at the end of the shed may be a corn crib, as it is raised above the ground. 

Looking east at the Cushman farm on Dame Hill. Barns burned in early 30’s but the house is still there on the opposite of the road.

These barns burned in late September 1932, following a lightning strike. The barns were full of hay and the silo had just been filled with corn. The cattle were gotten out but not the horses. Clarence Andrews, who rented the farm and lived there, was badly burned but survived. 

Close-up of Cushman’s two barns and shed connected with several people in front.

This image is blurred but is the only one we have which shows a close-up view of the Cushman barns. The one on the left may have been added onto, based on the roof.  

Clarence Pease Barns on 25-A, c. 1920

This farm is two places west of the Pease farm on 25-A, owned by Chase and then his son Clarence Pease. The barns were taken down by Glenn Pease in the early 1940s and some of the lumber used to add onto the Pease barn. Note the ‘main road’ from Orford to Wentworth. 

Building the east end of the Pease barn, 1942

Glenn Pease took down several barns in the neighborhood in the early 1940s and used the lumber and beams to build an addition onto the east end of his main barn, doubling the space for milking cattle and hay storage. 

This week: "Franklin Farm"

Additional Resources: “A Fifth Generation Keeps Orford Farm Alive", Susan Drabick, May 28, 1981 Valley News

Posted December 6, 2021

Franklin Farm looking toward David Wilcox. Sunday Mt. in background. The large barn on the left was removed in early 1900s and big cow barn in the rear left.

David Wilcox kept bees for many years, up until 1920 and each year would travel around NH & VT selling honey. The white rows near the buildings on his farm are the beehives. 

Hauling manure the old way at the Franklin Farm. Two pair of horses pulling a dump cart, likely loaded with manure. This would be taken to the field, dumped and then spread by hand. The building to the right in this photo is likely the corn crib, where the husked ears of corn would be stored. Note that it is off the ground, for ventilation and perhaps to help keep rats out. 

From 1852 to around 1900, the Franklin Farm was primarily a sheep farm. After the death of Benjamin in 1898, his sons, Edwin and Lewis, converted the farm to a dairy operation and constructed a new barn in 1902. 

The addition pictured was constructed in 1910 and doubled the size of the barn. 

Building of Franklin’s Barn. Big barn from side after the 1910 addition half-painted with man on staging around cupola. Note the building on the left was a hen house.

As dairying increased and farmers kept more cows, they needed space for hay and animals. It was not uncommon for Orford farmers to substantially increase the size of their barns or build new ones. 

This week: "Working at Morrison Barns"

Additional Resources - (1) select news articles (2) Marston Stock Farm History (3) Morrison Letter RE: Fair, and (4) Morrison Farm NHFSH

Posted November 22, 2021

Herefords in barnyard with smaller barn to the left and end of house to the right. Note reflection of the house in the water trough.

Those look like metal caps on the horns of the steer closest to the waterbox. We are not sure why they would add the caps, as they are most often used on working oxen. 

Three men sawing wood into blocks behind shed. Note that the belt powering the saw is coming from an engine in the shed.

That is a pretty good-sized log to lift onto the saw arbor – not sure why they didn’t cut into four-foot lengths. Note two piles of wood – one to the right is stacked, with pieces all about the same size, while the one on the left is just thrown there and has varying sizes of wood. I think that is Harry doing the ‘heavy looking on’ from the shed door. 

Twenty or more Jersey cows in barn with pens behind them. Note rings in boards to pull up and scrape manure below.

The pens are for calves and/or as a place to put a cow who is about to calve. The boards that pull up to scrape manure into the basement are a continuation of the use of gravity in this barn. The hay is pitched down to the cattle and the manure is scraped down not shoveled. 

Boiler room - milk house/creamery interior, separator on right, upturned 40-quart milk cans on left, concrete floor, roll door in background.

It is hard to tell what those photos on the door are: from magazines or actual photos. The one of the hen or rooster must be a magazine but the one on the right could be from the farm. 

Boiler room - milk house/creamery interior with sink and cooler. On the left, boiler in rear center with upturned 40-quart milk cans on right.

Perhaps the closed chest to the right has cold water running through it, to cool milk in 40-quart cans. Anyone have an idea for the use of those two items hanging on the wall under the shelf? Note the wood stacked by the boiler and the broom and dustpan by the door. 

Engine in barn, cutting silage. ‘Waiting for Corn’ Portable steam engine running elevator to silo.

This elevator must be going to an interior silo, not the outside one in the earlier photo. That looks like the rounded sides and openings to a silo on the right but the elevator isn’t aimed correctly and would be unusual to have a right angle on the top. Perhaps there were two silos in the barn and the outside one was added when they decided to grow more corn for sileage. 

This week: "Morrison's Big Barn"

Additional Resources - (1) select news articles (2) Marston Stock Farm History (3) Morrison Letter RE: Fair, and (4) Morrison Farm NHFSH

Posted November 8, 2021

A load of loose hay, just pitched on from the field, ready to go into the barn. The barn is set up so that the haymows are above the cattle, so that the hay can be pitched down to them. The stable is also set up with a ‘gravity feed’ system for the other end of the process. (1908)

The separator is likely a De Laval, given the sign on the smaller barn. (October 1906) 

By this time, an exterior silo has been added to the farm, not in the earlier photos. There was also likely a silo inside the barn. (June 1914)

This week: "Morrison Farm Buildings"

Additional Resources - (1) select news articles (2) Marston Stock Farm History (3) Morrison Letter RE: Fair, and (4) Morrison Farm NHFSH

Posted October 25, 2021

Bobsled pulled by one horse (Bonnie) with box for seat pictured in front of small barn in the winter. This barn may hold equipment but we’re not sure. Note the De Laval sign over the door. 

Two men sitting on box on bobsled pulled by one horse, next to shed with mailbox. That is Harry Morrison on the right and perhaps a Cross driving. They would have had RFD mail delivery at this time. 

Field of hay piles across road from barns and house. See little girl in foreground. This hay is dry, piled up ready to be pitched onto the hayrack and taken to the barn. There is a later photo of the loaded hayrack on the ramp ready to enter the barn. 

Morrison farmstead from the south looking from across the road with two little girls in left foreground. A broad view of the barns from the field across the road, which shows the main barns and shed in relation to each other. 

Morrison house taken from the cupola of the barn looking east with several ells and sheds. Main road is out of sight to the right with hayfield beyond. Note the birdhouse on the end of the ridge closest to us. Is that a stone patio on the extreme left? 

This week: "East of the 'Ville"

Learn more here, including a selection of news articles

Posted September 30, 2021

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.

This week: "Brook Road"

Learn more here, including a selection of news articles

Posted September 23, 2021

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.’

This week: "The Center of the 'Ville"

Learn more here, including a selection of news articles

Posted September 15, 2021

Looking west at the Orfordville Store, church with horse sheds and Beal house, likely c. 1910 , as the sign says Cheney & Andrews, who owned the store from 1906 to 1910.

The center of Orfordville looking east from Huckins Hill. Note the Grange Hall and store with the Clarence Blodgett house in the center background. This house burned in 1919 and the replacement is now owned by Richard Frey.

This view looks directly down Huckins Hill and up Dame Hill with Sunday Mountain on the left. Just to the right front of the Grange Hall is a set of scales for weighing wagons and their loads. Note that the bridge is partially covered as in the one near the Trussell house.

Looking west along Route 25-A from the foot of Dame Hill. Note the Town Hall and school and the wooden box in the foreground – one of several public water boxes maintained by the town at several locations. One can find in Town Reports the names of residents who were paid $2 or $3 a year for looking after these conveniences for the traveling public.

A familiar view east from the foot of Huckins Hill including the Town Hall, old brick school [replaced by present Orford Free Library after 1933 fire] and blacksmith shop.

This week: "Halltown & Indian Pond Schools"

All photos circa 1913-1923.

Learn more about Indian Pond School and Halltown School -  also be sure to check-out this Orford Town Report dated February 14, 1914!

Posted September 7, 2021

One of the few photos we have of the Indian Pond School with seven students and the teacher standing outside the building. There was a school at Indian Pond from at least 1916 to 1923, as Harry Franklin went there until he was in 8th grade, with Verna Greenly and Hazel Manchester teaching. Given the date of most of these glass plate negatives, our bet is that the teacher in the photo is Verna Greenly, an Orfordville native and long-time teacher in the region.  The students on the far left of the first row are Ruth Franklin Sanborn next to her brother, Harry Franklin.  Helen Baker Sanborn attended there a bit later on.

Miss Wilson and her class in the door of the Halltown School in June 1914. This building has been turned, but still stands on the east side of Baker Road and has been converted into a dwelling house.

Class may have been held outdoors in the shade on hot days or maybe just there for the photo. Recognize any ancestors here? Would have been from the area just west of Mt. Cube to perhaps the eastern end of Dame Hill and even a ways down Indian Pond Road. Photo from June 1914.

Miss Rugg and likely her whole school in 1913 in Halltown – 8 students. Perhaps not all grades as youngest student seems to be 8 or 9.

This week: "School Days at the Ville School"

The Ville schoolhouse was built in 1898 and was the primary Orfordville elementary school until 1990 (read more about the closing here!).  It now houses the current Town Office.

Want to learn more about the building of the Ville School? Check out this additional information and selection of news articles.

Posted August 30, 2021

Front view of the Ville schoolhouse built in 1898 (photo circa 1915). The building was built for $2000 after several failed attempts at previous School Meetings, finally passing when the same amount was appropriated to purchase and fix up the old Academy building at the Street for those pupils.

Primary classroom (grades 1-4) in the Ville schoolhouse, 22 students seated with teacher. It looks like the younger students are on the right side nearer the teacher.  Prints of Washington and Teddy Roosevelt at the left but have not been able to make out the other framed print. Likely between 1910-1920.

Grammar classroom (grades 5-8) in the Ville schoolhouse, 21 students seated and perhaps the teaching front of the window in the middle rear.  The boy in the foreground is almost certainly Sam Morrison, Jr., then living on the Marston Stock Farm (Schwarz 2021).  Photo is circa 1908, and it looks like Cram’s Modern Atlas on the desk.

“School Team” – 7 students in a wagon (or the original “school bus”) in the driveway of the Marston Stock Farm (Schwartz 2021), driven by Moses Bean. The girl in the middle with the darkest hair is Gladys Huckins (Helen Huckins Marsh’s aunt). 

Additional note – the barns and all the buildings on the north side of the road burned in 1937. 

Christmas tree in the corner of the school room in the Ville schoolhouse. You will notice names on the tree. Students likely selected names and bought presents for each other.

"The Old Brick School at the Ville"

The old brick schoolhouse at Orfordville, after its life as a school, was used as the library when the new school was built in 1898. It burned in 1933 and was replaced with the present Orford Free Library. The present building also housed the Selectmen’s offices for many years.

Want to learn more about the "The Old Brick School at the Ville"? Check out these select newspaper articles from the late 1800's!

Posted August 23, 2021

Old brick schoolhouse at Orfordville, looking northwest from road.

Looking south, corner on new school just visible in the background.

Looking east from the foot of Dame Hill, old brick schoolhouse and waterbox (left), bandstand in the triangle heading up Dame Hill (right).

Fun Fact - Bandstands were built at both the Ville and the Street in 1897. 

Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Kaiora, BSA Camp, and moving camp trunks

Posted August 16, 2021

Camp Kaiora (circa 1955)

Waterfront at BSA Camp on Indian Pond 

(circa 1965)

Moving camp trunks (circa 1970) 

Want to learn more about moving camp baggage from the Fairlee railroad station? Check out these photos and news clippings! 

Summer Camp Photo Series: Sunset Ranch Camp

Posted August 9, 2021

Sunset Ranch Camp Founders: Pat & Bud Durham



Horseback Riding




Saturday Night Social

Camp Reunion in NYC 

Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Merriwood

Posted August 2, 2021

Moving of a "Dog House" (circa 1948)

Why were dog houses moved to Camp Merriwood to be cabins? 

Find out here! 

How do those Dog Houses look now? 

This is one of the dog houses (albeit with a few additions) from 2018! 

Cabins in Winer (2020)

Campers (circa 1949)

Heritage Collage

Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Lauroweld

(all photos circa 1949)

Posted July 26, 2021


Horseback Riding

Stories by the Fire



Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Norchunkaw

(all photos circa 1925-1926)

Posted July 19, 2021

Camp Co-Director, 

Mrs. Patricia Ryan 

Camp Location

Katherine Battin, 

Swimming Counselor 


Art Studio & Music Studio

Expenses & Terms

Season of 1926

Dining & Recreation Hall

A Day's Activities

Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Pemigewassett (Camp "Pemi")

Check-out how much camp cost in 1920: Camp Pemi Season of 1920 Brochure Expenses 

Posted June 21, 2021

"The Saturday Evening Post" Cover 

with Newsome Pemi

Camp Pemi Founders (circa 1910)

Sleeping Tents

Mess Hall 

Lodge, Tennis Courts, and Senior Cabins

"Bird's Eye View" (circa 1910)

Campers at Beach (circa 1920)

Camp in Winter (circa 1960) 

Summer Camp Photo Series: Camp Moosilauke 

Also be sure to read this 1905 article in the Littleton Courier titled "Life in Summer Camp" 

Posted June 10, 2021

Campers (circa 1911)

Brochure from 1920

Cabin interior


Mess Hall (circa 1920)

Sailing Canoe (circa 1920)

Canoe Beach

"Junior Boxes"

Manure spreading in spring - Manure was originally put in a dumpcart, hauled to the field and dumped, then spread with a dung fork in the spring.  The spreader was a revolutionary invention, as was the front-end loader for the tractor. 

Posted May 19, 2021

Sheep and spring lambs at Morrison Farm

Posted May 11, 2021

Howard and Gerald Pease with twin calves (a rarity!) circa 1940

Posted April 23, 2021 

Glenn Pease in the door of the new sugarhouse in 1929

Posted April 15, 2021

Francis Pease gathering sap on snowshoes

Horses in front of the camp with buckets and covers, ready to go tapping (circa 1970s)

Three women and two men outside the Marston Stock Farm sugarhouse (c. 1915)

Posted April 7, 2021

One girl, two men, and a team of horses in front of the Marston Stock Farm sugarhouse (c. 1915)

Check out this poem titled "When the Sap Begins to Run" 

attributed to E.S. Blake from Meredith, NH. 

Lewis and Priscilla at the Franklin Farm Sugarhouse c.1947

Posted March 31, 2021

Ruby standing in the Franklin Farm Sugarhouse door c.1947

Exterior view of the Franklin Farm Sugarhouse c.1947

Want to learn more about maple sugaring at the Franklin Farm? 

Check out this1949 article in the Manchester Union Leader newspaper about their activities.

First snow at Morrison's

Posted March 10, 2021

Looking toward Mt. Cube from the road in front of Morrison's

Orfordville store in winter with three sleighs (c. 1910)

Hereford bull in snow at the Marston Farm Annex.  This is on Lower street, what is now Peyton Place.  Harry Morrison moved here for a few years in the late nineteen-teens. (Check out the Fairlee cliffs in the distance!) 

Posted March 2, 2021

The boys at Morrison’s with two yoke of steers pulling a sled with wood. 

Man, woman, dog with one-horse sleigh. Note long set of bells around horse's belly.

Posted February 23, 2021

Bobsled with two men on box/seat pulled by one horse, in front of shed at Morrison's.

Three yoke of oxen pulling a 

double scoot with logs

Posted February 17, 2021 

 Two teams of horses pulling a long bob-sled with a load of poplar trees 

This photo comes to us from Walter Carl Kenyon Jr. whose great-grandfather, Walter Carl Kenyon, is from Orford.  This photo is of his great-grandfather standing out front of his store with two other gentlemen (unknown).  His grandfather, Mumford Kenyon, was born right upstairs!

Posted February 10, 2021

Gas Station formerly on the corner of Route 10 and Bridge Street 

Posted February 2, 2021

Orfordville circa 1909

Posted January 26, 2021

1936 Orford Flood 

Taken from Bridge Street, looking north - behind the houses on the west side of north Main Street

Posted January 19, 2021

Christmas Trivia 

In December we posted a series of photos with questions about them, and revealed the answers in January! 

Posted December 15, 2020

Gale, Pete and Dave Thomson, taken in 1944 before they moved to Orford. 

Christmas Tree in the old brick schoolhouse in Orfordville, on the site of the present library.

Mel, Pete and Dave Thomson, taken in 1944 before they moved to Orford. 

Pease Family Holidays from 1951. 

Mary Tullar and Alice Franklin with Camera, January 1906

The only photo of a camera in our collection (it's in the right hand of the woman to the right)! The two women pictured are Mary Tullar (Rendell's great-aunt) and Alice Franklin (who married George Baker and lived on the farm now owned by the Taylors on Indian Pond Road). 

If the photo isn't great by itself, here are a few news clippings from the "United Opinion" out of Bradford, VT from January 19, 1906 to go alongside -

"Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Horton, Miss Tullar and Alice Franklin have cameras and have fine success taking and finishing pictures."

"The latest fad with some right now is the picture fad and if we don't all have our picture taken it won't be our fault."

A fad it was! If they could only see us today with our social media selfies! 

Deer Hunting Series circa 1910 - 1920

This Orford Historical Society glass plate collection was mostly take by folks at the Marston Stock Farm, owned by Harry Morrison. 

Posted November 24, 2020

Two Men with Deer

Note the chopping block visible on the left under the canvas! 

Shooting from Horse, 

circa 1908

Identified as Sam Morrison, Harry Morrison's son - may or may not be deer hunting! 

Deer Camp with Doe

Eugene Cross with Deer

Eugene Cross worked for Harry Morrison. 

Eugene Cross with Deer (2) 

Deer Hunters & Charles Cushman

Eugene Cross pictured left, Charles Cushman pictured with dog at his feet right. 

Clifford's Store circa 1965 

(formerly Tillotson & Cushman) 

Charlie Clifford is pictured standing on the front porch, who owned the store from 1947-1976.  Now the location of Patterson's Grocery & Deli! 

Posted November 17, 2020

Photo of the bridge over the Connecticut River circa 1913

Certainly looks different today! 

Posted November 10, 2020