Tucked securely in the heart of Essex County, high in the northeastern corner of Vermont, rests the unincorporated town of Lewis, population zero.
Uninhabited since sometime prior to 1910, Lewis is, nonetheless, one of the most-coveted destinations among the 4,500 active members of The 251 Club of Vermont. And fall is one of the most popular times to try to get there, not just because the colors are popping, but because, well, Lewis isn’t exactly easy to get to no matter where you’re trying to get there from.
“You can’t get there … at least in the winter if you’re traveling by car,” wrote 251 Club member Melanie Considine in her blog, “Vermont 251 in 365.” She tried once in the winter, only to discover the Stone Dam Road entrance she sought was impossible to find, completely covered in snow.
“The difficulty checking off Lewis is a common refrain among members of The Vermont 251 Club,” explains Stephanie Young, who took over as executive director in January, 2020.