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Meet Mike Leonard...

...your tour guide through all of Vermont's 251 towns and cities. 

In 2006, during a summer between semesters at college, director Mike Leonard took on the challenge of visiting every town in the state by joining the 251 Club - a unique organization dedicated to exploring The Green Mountain State. With his two best friends in tow, he met with locals and visited some of Vermont’s most celebrated nooks and crannies. After living outside Vermont for over a decade, Mike moved back home and has chosen to revisit the 251 Club – returning to some of the same places and re-interviewing some of the same people he met 12 years ago – to learn about how Vermont has changed, how it has stayed the same, and how a humble wayfarer’s club has shaped his identity forever. 

 

One Town at a Time is a coming-of-age story that is firmly rooted in the community spirit that makes Vermont’s towns so special, including diverse voices from across the state such as Former Governor Jim Douglas and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. You will hear from 251 Club members of all kinds and, after listening to their stories of traveling through Vermont, you’ll want to start exploring as well.

Vermont: One Town at a Time

Read Mike's newspaper column, published in The Vermont Standard, highlighting travels from Summer 2006:

Trip 1 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on July 6, 2006.

Trip 1 - Travels begin close to home.

 

Towns visited: Orange, Topsham, Newbury, Williamstown, Ryegate, Washington, Corinth, Groton, Vershire, Chelsea, Brookfield, Braintree, Randolph, Strafford, and Sharon

Trip 2 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time  - originally published on July 13, 2006.

Trip 2 - Meeting the country mouse and the city mouse.

 

Towns visited: Plymouth, Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Wallingford, Mt. Tabor, Danby, Pawlet, Wells, Poultney, Middletown Springs, Tinmouth, Ira, Clarendon, Shrewsbury, Mendon

Trip 3 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time  - originally published on July 20, 2006.

Trip 3- The Northeast Kingdom keeps its promises. 

 

Towns visited: Brighton, Ferdinand, Lewis, Bloomfield, Brunswick, Maidstone, Lemington, Canaan, Averill, Norton, Morgan, Charleston, Derby, Newport City, Newport Town, and Holland. 

Trip 4 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on July 20, 2006.

Trip 4- Dumpster diving inspires 251 travels

 

Towns visited: Shaftsbury, Glastenbury, Bennington, Pownal, Woodford, Searsburg, Somerset, Sunderland, and Arlington. 

Trip 5 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on August 3, 2006.

Trip 5 - Thinking beyond Vermont's borders

 

Towns visited: Fair Haven, West Haven, Benson, Orwell, Shoreham, Bridport, Addison, Panton, Vergennes, Waltham, Weybridge, Cornwall, Whiting, Sudbury, Hubbardton, and Castleton

Trip 6 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on August 10, 2006.

Trip 6 - From valley to mountaintop; tourists to teddy bears

 

Towns visited: Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, Shelburne, St. George, Hinesburg, Monkton, Bristol, Lincoln, Starksboro, Huntington, Fayston, Duxbury, Waitsfield, and Moretown

Trip 7 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on August 17, 2006.

Trip 7 - Travels begin close to home.

 

Towns visited: Troy, Jay, Richford, Berkshire, Franklin, Highgate, Swanton, St. Albans Town, St. Albans City, Sheldon, Enosburg, Montgomery, Westfield, Lowell, Irasburg, Coventry, and Brownington

Trip 8 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on August 24, 2006.

Trip 8 - Vertically and horizontally integrated travels

 

Towns visited: Georgia, Fairfax, Fletcher, Fairfield, Bakersfield, Waterville, Belvidere, Eden, Johnson, Cambridge, Hyde Park, Morristown, Stowe, Underhill, Jericho, Richmond, Bolton, and Waterbury

Trip 9 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on August 31, 2006.

Trip 9 - The Vermont we want and the Vermont we need. 

 

Towns visited:Westminster, Athens, Townshend, Jamaica, Stratton, Winhall, Manchester, Sandgate, Rupert, Dorset, Peru, Landgrove, Londonderry, Weston, Andover, Windham, Grafton, Chester, and Rockingham

Trip 10 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on September 8, 2006.

Trip 10 - Revisiting the Northeast Kingdom and all its riches

 

Towns visited: Norwich, Thetford, West Fairlee, Fairlee, Bradford, Westmore, Barton, Sutton, Newark, East Haven, Burke, Victory, Granby, Guildhall, Lunenburg, Kirby, Concord, Lyndon, St. Johnsbury, Peacham, Danville, Barnet, and Waterford

Trip 11 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on September 14, 2006.

Trip 11 - The 'farmiest' islands around

 

Towns visited: Alburg, Isle La Motte, North Hero, South Hero, Grand Isle, Milton, Westford, Essex, Winooski, Colchester, Burlington, South Burlington, and Williston

Trip 12 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on September 21, 2006.

Trip 12 - Travels begin close to home.

 

Towns visited: Vernon, Guilford, Halifax, Whitingham, Readsboro, Stamford, Wilmington, Marlboro, Brattleboro, Dummerston, Newfane, Dover, Wardsboro, Brookline, and Putney

Trip 13 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on September 28, 2006.

Trip 13 - The heart of Vermont

 

Towns visited: Granville, Roxbury, Warren, Northfield, Berlin, Middlesex, Montpelier, East Montpelier, Barre Town, Barre City, Plainfield, Marshfield, Calais, Worcester, Elmore, Wolcott, Craftsbury, Albany, Glover, Sheffield, Wheelock, Stannard, Greensboro, Hardwick, Walden, Cabot, and Woodbury

Trip 14 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on October 5, 2006.

Trip 14 - Nearing the end

 

Towns visited: Rutland Town, Rutland City, West Rutland, Proctor, Pittsford, Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury, Middlebury, Ripton, Hancock, Goshen, Rochester, Chittenden, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, and Killington

Trip 15 (from The Vermont Standard)

Vermont: One Town at a Time - originally published on October 19, 2006.

Trip 15 - 251 towns are more than one summer's worth

 

Towns visited: Bridgewater, Barnard, Bethel, Royalton, Tunbridge, Pomfret, Hartford, Hartland, Windsor, West Windsor, Weathersfield, Springfield, Baltimore, Cavendish, Reading, and Woodstock 

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