The 251 Club was first suggested by Dr. Arthur W. Peach in the Summer 1954 issue of Vermont Life Magazine
A poet, professor, writer, and historian, effusive about all things Vermont, Dr. Peach was welcomed to the magazine's advisory board in its third issue (1947).
His popular literary column, "At the Sign of the Quill," was introduced as a regular magazine feature in the 1949-1950 winter issue with the promise to "discuss themes ranging widely from authors and books to cabbages and kings."
It was here that Dr. Peach was inspired to propose an informal group to be known as the 251 Club in response to countless reader inquiries, "How can I come to know the real Vermont?"
He invited "the native born and those born elsewhere but with Vermont in them" to veer from the beaten path "to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal." He was committed to the idea that every corner of his home state had attractions, beauty, history, traditions and people of interest.
Given the wide circulation of Vermont Life Magazine, the response from within and outside of Vermont's borders was remarkable. A new batch of Vermont maps had to be printed to meet the growing demand while letters from prospective club members rolled in.
Over a half-century later, the quest to visit Vermont's 246 "organized" towns and cities, as well as its five "unorganized" towns (Averill, Ferdinand, Glastenbury, Lewis, and Somerset) continues. 251 Club members adventure through the state following the words of Dr. Peach: