The Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society
Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society, PO Box 722, Jaffrey, NH 03452
Photo by Sean Driscoll. Creative Commons   

Welcome to the JCVIS

Patricia McCarthy of Jaffrey (right) and her aunt, Patricia Garrett of West Haven, CT study the exhibit on Willa Cather, Jonas Melville, Hannah Davis, Laban Ainsworth and Amos Fortune in the local history museum at Thorndike Pond Road and Blackberry Lane in Jaffrey. The Museum, in its 98th season, is free and open 2-4 pm on weekends in July and August.

The Jaffrey Center VIS, organized in 1906, maintains at private expense Melville Academy, the Horsesheds behind the 1775 Meetinghouse and 22.5 acres of parks and commons open to the public in the Jaffrey Center National Historic District. It also organizes a Spring and Fall cleanup, a variety of community events and assists the Town in maintaining the Meetinghouse. It maintains a website,, and operates the Melville Academy Museum, which is open on summer weekends.

Fall Clean Up
Saturday, October 21st, 9 AM

Come join in the long tradition of Jaffrey Center and Community members taking care of the protected open spaces that make Jaffrey Center a beautiful, well kept place about which we can be proud. With the dues and donations of everyone, the VIS is able to hire Cody Gordon & Co. to mow the lawns, rake the leaves and take away whatever debris the volunteers can’t cart away themselves after Spring and Fall Clean-ups. But the fine tuning of our grounds maintenance and landscaping program is up to ALL of us.



Help! We need a new roof.” Find out about the maintenance project the JCVIS is about to undertake.

Melville Museum

Melville Academy Museum opened its 99th season on July 1, featuring new exhibits and a guide to this intriguing local history museum (view press release). Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Annual Meeting

The JCVIS Annual Meeting at Melville Academy was held on Sunday, Aug. 18. The Annual Report for this year can be found here