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First Church in Jaffrey’s Labyrinth

Is Open for Walking in Circles

The First Church in Jaffrey invites you to walk in circles in its Peace Labyrinth and meditate in a neighborhood of 18th and 19th century historic buildings and houses. The Labyrinth is at the back of the 1831 red brick church, which is next to the 1775 Jaffrey Meetinghouse on the Jaffrey Center Common.

Built in 2005 with stones brought by members of the congregation and the wider community, this non-denominational spiritual site is now open to visitors looking for some mild exercise and an outdoor place for meditation during spring, summer and fall.

Directions: From Route 124, drive to Laban Ainsworth Way (opposite Gilmore Pond Road), park at the Meetinghouse lot, and walk behind the church down the dirt road into the church’s back driveway. Walk around the white Parish House to the Labyrinth and grab the rail as you descend the granite stairs. As you walk down a slight grade toward the entrance to the Labyrinth, at your left is a calming view of the back yards of the historic houses on Thorndike Pond Road and the First Church Memorial Garden, honoring those persons whose cremated remains have been scattered or interred there. In the center is a bronze plaque of a dove and the words, “Walk in Peace.”

Photos by Carol Hess.


The bronze plaque at the center of the Peace Labyrinth.

An unidentified young girl walks the labyrinth behind the red brick First Church in Jaffrey near the Jaffrey Center Common.