Welcome to the Jaffrey History Web Site

Jaffrey is a town situated in Cheshire County in the southwest corner of New Hampshire about 70 miles from Boston. It was first settled in the 1750s and incorporated in 1773. Named for the Portsmouth merchant George Jaffrey—who never visited the town named for him—it is said to be the only Jaffrey in the world. A diverse community of nearly 6,000 people, Jaffrey has a rich and interesting history which is the focus of this website. Our motive in developing it is to bring together multiple historical resources pertaining to Jaffrey and by doing so make the history of our town more accessible to students, researchers, historians, geneologists, property owners, public officials, businesses and institutions—in Jaffrey and further afield.

February, 10, 2017. Dinner at 6:00. Presentation at 7:00

Dog sledding was a big thing in Jaffrey back in the 1940s and even before. There were races in, to and through the town that drew big crowds. Among the local names you might recognize who were among the ‘mushers’—Tat Duval, Oren & William Belletete, Bill Shearer. In fact dog sledding was almost the official New Hampshire winter pastime. It was far more, too, as you’ll learn at the Potluck! Any guess who the New Hampshire State Dog is? You’ll find out at the Potluck! We’ll also show some ‘Old Winter Scenes’ around Jaffrey. Any dog sledding memorabilia? If so, bring it along.

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Dog Sledding and Winter Scenes

Sled Dog Racing in Jaffrey, New Hampshire…and Further Afield is an exhibit currently being displayed in the First Floor Display Cases of the Jaffrey Civic Center. The collection of photographs and items highlighting Winter in Jaffrey will run throughout the month of February.

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