Connecticut 169 Club:

Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut

The Connecticut 169 Club

CT Guidebook to Adventure

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.  Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

How to Purchase

To Purchase the CT 169 Club Book Directly from the Author:

Please send a check for $26.53 that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax for the 8.5 x 11 hard cover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages. You will also get free shipping by USPS mail. Send to:

Marty Podskoch

43 O’Neill Lane

East Hampton, CT 06424

Retail Locations

The Book is Also Available at these Connecticut stores and organizations:


Paul’s & Sandy’s, Too Garden Center, 93 East High St., East Hampton, CT

Ace Hardware, 25 East High St. East Hampton, CT

Shagbark Lumber, 1 Mt. Parnassus Millington Rd.,  East Haddam, CT

Hadlyme Country Market, Hadlyme

The Red House, 22 Darling Rd in Salem

Rich’s Farm Ice Cream, Oxford

The Cooking Company, 1610 Saybrook Rd., Haddam and 187 CT-81, Killingworth, CT

Canfield Corner Pharmacy, 2 Main St. North, Woodbury, CT

True Value Hardware,  276 Main St., Winsted, CT

Oxford Baking Company, Oxford

Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Sterling


Book Barn, 41 West Main St. Niantic, CT

Book Club Book Store, 869 Sullivan Rd., South Windsor, CT

Hickory Stick Book Store, 2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT

Harbor Books 146 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT

R J Julia Book Store, Madison

Country Card Corner, Seymour

River Bend Book Shop, South Main St. Gleastobury


Stanton House, Clinton Historical Society, Clinton, CT

East Hartford Historical Society

West Haven Historical Society

Hartford Knights of Columbus, 860-422-7937 (Mike McGarry)

Orange Historical Society

Milford Historical Society

Union Historical Society

Marlborough Senior Center

Mill Museum, Willimantic

Ridgefield Historical Society

Plainville Historical Society

Milford Historical Society

Beacon Falls Historical Society


Goshen Friends of Library, 42 B North St.  Goshen, CT

Thomaston Friends of Library, 248 Main St in Thomaston, Connecticut

Hotels, Inns, Restaurants

Woodstock Inn, Woodstock

 The CT 169 Club Book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide

Featured in Connecticut Magazine

‘The Connecticut 169 Club’ is a Guidebook to Adventures in Every Corner of the State

Nothing defines Connecticut better than its 169 towns.  From the beginning of settlement, we have been a “hiving off” people, settling here, reaching out there, one town becoming the parent of many towns, each fiercely independent, with its own home-grown character, history, and special sense of self.

The state of Connecticut has an exceptional geographic diversity, too, so our towns are extraordinarily beautiful and breath-takingly varied. From the Gold Coast to the Quiet Corner, the Litchfield Hills to the Long Island Sound, Connecticut has 169 kinds of picture-book perfection, from bustling cities to postcard-worthy village greens.  You owe it to yourself and your family to see them all. Because in Connecticut, the sum of the parts truly is greater than the whole.   This wonderful book is your invitation to do just that. Join The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. Visit every town. See the sights. Hear the stories. Eat the foods. Meet the people.  You’ll be glad you did. And, you’ll either be prouder than ever to be a Connectican, or you’ll wish you were one!

Walter Woodward

State Historian

Your Passport and Guide to Exploring CT

From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel  and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch, a retired reading teacher who now lives in East Hampton, CT has compiled interesting information for his new CT Travel Guide Book on the 169 town’s, cities and village’s in the State of Connecticut in the hopes of encouraging people to visit every one of them.

Podskoch will be giving Connecticut residents a preview of the Connecticut 169 Club in his weekly column in The New Britain Herald, The Bristol Press and the Willimantic Chronicle, giving readers a first-hand look at the splendor that every nook and cranny that our state has to offer.

“It doesn’t matter what age people are or what means of transportation people use to get there,” the 74-year-old CT Author and Historian said. “The whole idea is to get people to see the many beautiful places in our state.”

The CT 169 Club is a collective effort. Podskoch recruited the best and the brightest Connecticut writers, historians and officials ­each contributing a passage about their town’s histories, haunts; favorite food fixes and historic CT landmarks.

The reward for visiting all 169 sites: Podskoch will present you with a Leatherman patch in honor of the legendary vagabond, who, during the mid-to-late 1800s, walked a 365-mile circuit through Connecticut and adjacent sections of New York.

Podskoch also will help organize a dinner in the fall of next year to honor those determined souls who have made it to every municipality. During that event they will get their Leatherman keepsakes. “Anyone can attend,” Podskoch says. “Members will share their stories and adventures.”

The Connecticut guide book, Podskoch’s ninth book, entailed nearly two years of collaborative effort. “I got 183 writers and co-writers to write about their towns, in 550-600 words. It could’ve been the town clerk, it could’ve been the librarian, it could’ve been the town supervisor.”

The new book is not to be confused with the Run 169 Towns Society, whose members strive to run races in all 169 state municipalities.)

Excerpts From The Book 

The Connecticut 169 Club Travel Guide Book

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