Jaffrey is unique. It is the only Jaffrey in the world. Notable, too, is that Jaffrey is probably the only town in the world whose official historical marker, located on Route 124 at the foot of the Jaffrey Center Common, honors both a black man who bought his own freedom from slavery, Amos Fortune; and a 19th century business woman who ran her own manufacturing establishment, Hannah Davis.
In 1622, the original grant was given to John Mason, and he named New Hampshire after his native county in England. In 1740, title was given to the Masonian Proprietors, a group of eighteen men, including John Wentworth, John Rindge, and George Jaffrey, who made and dealt in townships, and the imprint of their power remains in the boundaries and names of the towns.
In 1749 the
Masonian Proprietors divided the Mt. Monadnock area into three townships
called South, Middle, and North Monadnock. Middle Monadnock later became
The Charter required that there be a place for town government, a place of worship, and a place for education. One most historic building, the Old Meeting House, was built in 1775 to serve as both Town Hall and Church. School was at first held in houses, but soon one room schoolhouses were built as needed.
Today Jaffrey is a home for modern industry, and has kept pace with the comforts and conveniences of modern living. It has long been a loved summer resort, and many who first knew Jaffrey as a summer home, now live here year-around.
DENSITY: 135.89 persons per square mile
CLIMATE: Normal temperature in January - 21.6 degrees F. Normal temperature in July - 70.1 degrees F.
RAINFALL: 40.3 inches annually
SIZE: Jaffrey covers 40.7 square miles, which includes: 3,200 acres of mountain highlands 1.2 squares miles of water
TAX RATE: $34.01 No state income tax; no general sales tax
TOWN WATER AND SEWER
TOWN GOVERNMENT: Selectmen form of government with Town Manager
LIBRARY: 23,000 volumes, 92 magazine subscriptions, 10 newspapers, plus records, audio tapes, videos, microfilms and puppets.
RECREATION DEPARTMENT: playgrounds, ball fields, town beaches, ice skating rink, group tours, children activities, senior activities
CHURCHES: Harvest Christian Fellowship, Jaffrey Bible Church, Pilgrim Baptist, Calvary Assembly of God, First Church in Jaffrey (UCC), Jaffrey Presbyterian Church, Religious Society of Friends, St. Patrick Church (Roman Catholic), United Church of Jaffrey (UCC)
Middle School — Full middle school philosophy; Big Brother/Sister
Program with Franklin Pierce College; Environmental program; Outstanding
arts program; Computer and language labs; School improvement program.
Students participate in NH Dance Institute program. Part of NH Alliance
for Effective Schools.
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