"If you want to see New England as you imagine, go to Vermont. More than any American state, Vermont has worked to preserve those qualities that make it unique, such as scenic countryside, lively small towns, historic streetscapes, and local businesses."
National Geographic Traveler
"One real way to know Vermont is to visit every town in the state," said Dr. Arthur Wallace Peach in 1954 when he challenged the state's 377, 747 citizens, as well as its seasonal visitors, to join his newly established 251 Club of Vermont.
For over six decades, thousands of Vermonters and Vermont enthusiasts from across the country have taken up the quest, often injecting it with their personal interest in nature, art, photography, architecture, history, museums, covered bridges, farms and farm stands. . . the list goes on. Great for bicyclists, motorcyclists, antique car enthusiasts, and even canoeists like David and Lyn Perrin of Charlotte, Vermont, who spent four years paddling their canoe in all 251 towns and cities to complete their quest.
February 19, 2016
I have thoroughly enjoyed membership in the 251 Club and the encouragement your organization gives to lovers of Vermont to explore such a beautiful, scenic and historic state.
Montpelier (VT) High School '71
We have enjoyed our journey to date. Just wish we had joined the club 251 years ago!
Dana & Penny Nichols
- Complimentary membership for everyone in the subscriber's household.
- A Personal Profile Page on the club web site to track progress with an interactive map, organize travel notes and post photographs.
- A Public Page Link to send personal profile information to others who may be interested.
- Access to Member Resources, information and archival material stored on the club website and available only to members.
- A subscription to three annual issues (Winter, Spring-Summer, and Fall) of The Wayfarer club newsletter
- An invitation to become acquainted with fellow members at an annual fall luncheon
Enjoy these benefits for a one-time enrollment fee of $10.00, plus:
- an annual membership renewal fee of $10.00 per household
- a five-year membership renewal fee of $45.00 per household
To join or renew your membership, print our MEMBERSHIP FORM.
Please send a completed copy of the printed form with your check payable to:
The 251 Club of Vermont
100 Gilead Brook Road
Randolph, VT 05060
(Allow a one week processing time for your personal page to be activated.)
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Vermont Travel Journal
$18.00 (plus $4.00 shipping & handling)
$15.00, plus $3.00 shipping & handling
251 Lapel Pin
$8 (includes shipping & handling)
251 Club Patch
$5 (includes shipping & handling)
$2.00 (includes shipping & handling)
251 MYTH DEBUNKED
Truth is. . . the 251 Club is a lawless organization. No rules. No requirements. Never have been. Yet a misconception persists that town visits must be validated by a town clerk, by the local postmaster, or documented with a photograph or a written record. Not so.
We make a personal page with a public link on vt251.com available to club members who want to track progress on-line. We offer a Vermont Travel Journal for those who want to maintain a written record of their journey as a keepsake.
We enjoy hearing about club members' experiences and rituals, as well as seeing their photographs. When possible, we share them with others in the newsletter and/or on the web site.
Best of all, we like to hear from members when they've completed the 251 quest because we think their accomplishment is a big deal. That's a fact!
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June 2, 2014
To the "Club,"
You are probably wondering why a woman from California would want to join your club. Well, I left my heart in Vermont.
My father was born in East Ryegate where my grandparents had a dairy farm. He and his sister rode their ponies to a one-room schoolhouse (little, and red), and he graduated from McIndoes Academy at the age of 17.
I have visited the state every summer since I can remember and spent many, many winters skiing at all of the ski resorts in the state, especially Okemo and Pico. This was while living in Connecticut.
I have retired to California and do enjoy the benefits of the weather, but every time I return to Vermont I don't want to leave. I visit friends and relatives in West Townshend, Cabot, Peacham, Waterford and Bradford. I have visited at least 40 of the 251 towns on your list and plan to continue my quest even though it is only once a year that I get there now.
This is an exciting undertaking for me. Who knows? Someday I may return to where I left my heart.
Just thought I would share a little of why the 251 Club intrigues me and what a wonderful State you are lucky enough to live in.
Laguna Woods, California
Six years and 25,000 miles after starting his 251 quest, Paul Webb of Lincoln, Vermont, made the last lap on his 1999 BMW F650 motorcycle in the appropriately-named town of Victory on June 17, 2012.
Mike and Laura Harris of Williston, VTand Beyond
February 23, 2016
I joined the 251 Club in 2005 with my then 10 year-old daughter Laura. I wanted to introduce her to less frequented areas of Vermont and renew my ties to the state. Over the years we've visited towns by car and bike, taking a photo in each one. Our fondest memories are some two to four day bike trips on the family tandem in Addison, Franklin, and Caledonia-Essex counties.
It has been a 10-year father/daughter bonding experience. In December 2015 we finished our quest in Winooski. Laura is a now a junior at Middlebury College, but living in China as I write. As the result of our 251 Club quest we share a deeper appreciation of Vermont and its many special places. I like to think the experience of exploration helped contribute to Laura's decision to pursue geography as her major.