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Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society

About the Melville Academy Museum

Museum Sign

oused in a private school built in 1833, the museum has two goals -- to describe the role of private academies in New England in the early 19th century, and to reflect life in 19th century Jaffrey Center and how its people and history are tied to contemporary times in this small town. The first floor offers exhibits, while the second is set up as a schoolroom.

Timeline of Melville Academy (timeline).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Museum (FAQ)

Museum Hours
Open Saturdays and Sundays during July and August from 2 to 4 p.m. or by appointment from May through October.

Admission is free.

Blackberry Lane & Thorndike Pond Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452. (view Yahoo map)

Melville Academy has an excellent collection of Hannah Davis Bandboxes, scrapbooks documenting VIS activities, 19th century kitchen and agricultural tools, samplers made by local residents in the early 19th century, the old mailboxes of the Jaffrey Center Post Office (which closed in 1991), and other artifacts relating to life in 19th century Jaffrey Center. The upstairs has been maintained as a schoolroom, with information on Melville Academy. The Academy opened its doors in 1833 and later served as a public school. The school was closed by the town in 1920.

Groups tours for schools, tourists, senior citizens, special education classes can be arranged at no cost. Donations are always appreciated.

Susan Campbell, Curator (volunteer)