Orange Celebrates Its 250th Birthday

Our Sestercentennial kicks off on Town Meeting Day, March 13, with a birthday party. That same day, the Conservation Commission will present an ambitious, updated Natural Resources Inventory with spectacular maps, a list of wildlife species, advice for landowners, Sandi Pierson’s guide to trails and other natural wonders, and more.

Other anniversary events follow throughout the year, including a tree planting, an evening of music, self-guided cemetery tour, community barbecue and ice cream social, one-act play about Orange founder Nathan Waldo, traditional New England dance, Veterans’ Memorial dedication, presentation of a historical quilt, and more. You’ll find dates and tentative times in the Orange Calendar.

In keeping with the anniversary, the Orange website has been upgraded with new photos by Town residents—including Trish Weekes’ portrait of a barred owl. See the Photos section for galleries of wildlife, scenes, and our Mountain, along with a set of maps. (Thanks to Doug and Trish Weekes for detailing them.)