Population: 237 (1990); 299 (2000); 312 (2006)

This township was chartered by Governor John Wentworth in 1769 as Cardigan, a name that had been used for some time. In 1779, residents petitioned for incorporation so taxes could be collected, and requested a name change to Bradford or Warwick. The petition failed, and in 1783 a second petition was made, with a request to name the town Middleton. That petition failed also, and a third petition was made in 1789, with a request to name the town Liscomb. The name Liscomb was subsequently crossed out and replaced with Orange in the 1790 incorporation document. Orange was probably chosen because of the large quantities of yellow-orange ochre found in Mount Cardigan.

Region: Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
County: Grafton
Distance from:
o Manchester, NH: 81 miles
o Boston, MA: 122 miles
o New York, NY: 312 miles
o Montreal, Quebec: 210 miles

Town Hall
Town Clerk
Municipal Building
PO Box 37
Canaan, NH 03741

Municipal Information
Government: Selectmen
Planning Board: Appointed
Police Department: Not full time
Fire Department: Not full time
Nearest Hospital: Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Alive Peck Day in Lebanon (22 miles)

Election Districts
State House District: 17
State Senate District: 2
Executive Council District: 1
U.S. Congress House of Representatives District: 2

Mascoma Valley Regional School District

Orange Police Department
Us Route 4
Orange, NH 03741
(603) 780-4911

Canaan Fire Department
62 NH Route 118
Canaan, NH 03741
(603) 523-4850

Electric: Granite State; NH Electric; PSNH
Gas: None
Water Supplier: Private wells
Sanitation: Private septic
Curbside Trash Pickup: No
Telephone: Verizon
Cable television service: No

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