Uncommon Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire Boudoir size mounted photograph on card measuring 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches (named Boudoir size). Images found in this size dating from 1850s to 1920s. This image taken by photographer J. A. FRENCH from Keene, NH. Only French is indicated on the rear of the card. In 1871, French bought out the interests of his partner, thus this card is after that date, and prior to 1901 when the Cutter’s Hotel on the right side of the image burned. I found a French image on-line of only the hotel, dated circa 1890. This image is most likely mid to late 1880s.
On the left, The Meetinghouse was raised in 1775, its tower and belfry added in 1822. A floor was added, in 1870 to provide for a school on the lower floor and town use above. To the right of center is the now First Church In Jaffrey UCC. Moving to the right hand building, on Third New Hampshire Turnpike, stood the Danforth Tavern, built in 1792. Later owned by Asa Brigham, it catered to lively stage traffic. After a disastrous fire in 1816, Brigham rebuilt, bigger and better, and of brick this new structure on the site of the old wooden tavern. In 1820 he lost the property to mortgagee holders in Boston. After that date it became the tavern of Ethan Cutter, who became innholder as early as 1826, becoming a popular place as a hotel for summer boarders visiting nearby Mount Monadnock. The hotel burned in 1901, and a home now occupies the spot facing the Common on one side, and Cutter Park along the current Route 124 – Main Street.
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