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

The Melville Academy Museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 2PM - 4PM during 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.

114th Annual Meeting
Changed from August 23rd to August 30. 4 PM at the horsesheds

Please plan to attend the 114th Annual Meeting of the VIS on SUNDAY AUGUST 30 @ 4 PM, rain or shine, when we will celebrate and inaugurate the new roof on the Horsesheds.

If it is nice weather we will mingle in and outside of the Horsesheds. If it is inclement weather, we will stay inside the nine stalls. If we are experiencing hurricane weather that day, we will postpone the Annual Meeting until the following Sunday, August 30.

We will have a sound system available so that after a short business meeting, people can “talk to each other” having sanitized the microphone first, just one of the day’s safety precautions. We will have masks and gloves available in case people forget theirs.

Due to the very difficult circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the VIS Board of Directors has deemed it necessary not to have the traditional Picnic in Centennial Park after the Annual Meeting. It isn’t easy to eat with a mask on at the same time as chatting while social distancing. So instead, we will have individually wrapped treats and soda at the Annual Meeting. We will provide several chairs and tables for people’s convenience, and you may bring your own lawn chair.



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 2020 Annual Meeting has been postponed until August 30th. Please let Suze Campbell know if you plan to attend. The Annual Report can be found here. Hard copies of the Annual Report are available for $10.