251 Club of Vermont
|Headquarters||Randolph, Vermont, United States|
|Arthur Peach (Founder)|
The idea of establishing a club to encourage visiting all of Vermont’s 251 towns and cities was first suggested by Dr. Arthur Wallace Peach in At the Sign of the Quill the column he wrote for Vermont Life Magazine. Dr. Peach proposed an informal group which became known as the 251 Club in response to countless readers asking “How can I come to know the real Vermont?”
In the Summer 1954 issue he invited "the native born and those born elsewhere but with Vermont in them... to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal." "One real way to know Vermont is to visit every town in the state," wrote Peach as he challenged the state’s citizens and seasonal visitors to join his newly established 251 Club of Vermont. A new batch of Vermont maps had to be printed to meet the growing demand and letters from prospective club members rolled in.
Current Club Status
Club members are encouraged to travel at their own pace, by car, on foot or any method of their choosing.
There are no membership requirements and just a small fee for joining. There are no rules. There are no records to keep although many members document their travels with photographs, journals, or blogs. The club offers a Vermont Travel Journal as part of its merchandise line for those interested in creating a keepsake of their experiences.
Three times a year, members receive the club newsletter The Wayfarer and are also invited to attend the annual luncheon meeting typically held to coincide with Vermont’s Fall foliage season in late September or early October.
Members also receive a profile page on the club web site where they can track their progress and access member resources such as information and archival material.
- "About the 251 Club of Vermont". VT251.com. 251 Club of Vermont. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Foulds, Diane (17 September 2006). "They Beat a Path to All 251". Boston Sunday Globe.
- "251 Club of Vermont Celebrates 60th With New Travel Journal". Vermont Maturity Magazine. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Morris, Stephen. "On the Road with the 251 Club". Best of Central Vermont (Summer 2013).
- "Join By Mail". VT251.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- vt251.com A companion website for the Vermont 251 Club.
- 251 Club Another online 251 Club tool.
- No Town Left Behind - Los Angeles Times
- The 251 Club beats a path to all 251 communities in Vermont - The Boston Globe
- The Daily Gazette