Foster Preservation Society
The Foster Preservation Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, rural character, colonial heritage and the orderly growth and development of the town. The Society will work towards the attainment of these objectives through educational programs and publications, research into the town's history and acquisition of materials pertaining to all aspects of its history and will cooperate with historical societies and other agencies promoting compatible goals.
Foster Town House - 1796
180 Howard Hill Road
Foster, Rhode Island
The Society's office is located in the lower level of the old Town House, built by members of the Second Baptist Church and deeded to the Town in 1822. Town meetings were first held here in 1801 and have been held continuously over the years since that date.
Tours and Visits are available by appointment.
Please call: (401) 397-5687
Learn more about
Board of Directors.
Other Interesting Places on the FPS Website
The Foster Preservation Society has promoted the identification of homes and buildings, some of which are listed in the State and/or National Register of Historic Places, and others which have local importance. These buildings are awarded plaques which bear the name of the original owner and date the house was built. To apply for a Foster Preservation Society plaque, access the Guidelines and/or Application at the links shown below. For more information, feel free to contact us via phone 397-5687 or via email at email@example.com.
Looking Out Our Office Window
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THE NEWEST FPS NEWS
On a recent Wednesday morning, a newspaper clipping from 2000 turned up in the FPS Offices. It detailed plans for a new web site, which at that time was being designed by Mouseworks. They intended to post images of some items in our collection and amongst them was a letter sent back to Foster by a Civil War Soldier. Being the curious individual that his mother raised, FPS President Ed Robinson went onto Ancestry.com and searched "A Winsor" with an estimated birth date of 1840. He found Albert A. Winsor born in 1843, died December 13, 1862. He was a member of the 7th RI Volunteers, Company K. He was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg a scant 2 months after writing this letter. There is a memorial stone in the Winsor cemetery on Winsor Road. His father was Ira Winsor who lived in the house at the sharp bend by the Winsor Brook bridge. You can click on the green link above to see the letter in its entirety.
The story of the haunted Ram Tail Mill has been posted online. Go to our Collections page to see this and much more.
Citizen of the Year Award - 2017
This year the Foster Preservation Society honored Ada Farrell as the 2017 Citizen of the year. Ada has been active in our Wednesday morning archiving group, serves on the FPS Board of Directors, has assisted in cemetery clean ups, and has been a prime mover in securing numerous recent grants for the Society. For these and many more contributiuons, the Foster Preservation Society recognizes Ada Farrell as our 2017 Citizen of the Year. Congratulations Ada!
For more info see our Citizen of the Year page.
FPS to sponsor Salem Witch Tour this October
The Foster Preservation Society will be running a trip Salem, Massachusetts this October 19th to see the House of Seven Gables and the Salem Witch Museum. Why not join us in Salem during the Halloween season? See our Events page for details.
Save the Barn
Nehemiah Angell Barn
This historic barn has served a number of owners over the past 200 years. The interior still houses the original animal stalls, used by the families who lived in the adjacent house. It most likely housed the family’s wagon and possibly a small sleigh for use in the winter months. It would also have contained the various and sundry tools used by local farmers for clearing fields, planting and harvesting crops that kept the family fed though Foster’s long winters.
The change in the contour of the surrounding land can be clearly seen in the photo on the left. The raised surface allowed water to infiltrate the foundation and rot the sills. This in turn caused the building to settle. In the process, the tenons on the interior beams pulled out of their mortises. The barn requires being jacked up and new sills installed. A couple of the interior structural beams must be repaired or replaced to stabilize the building.
TheFoster Preservation Society will be raising money to restore this historic structure and will be holding a raffle at this year's Old Home Days for this purpose, tickets will be available outside the Town House.
In addition, donations to assist in this project would be most gladly accepted and can be mailed to the Foster Preservation Society P.O. Box 51 Foster, RI 02825, or stop by our offices any Wednesday morning between 9:00 am and noon. Be sure to write "Save the Barn" on your check.
FOSTER SHIRTS ARE HERE!
Golf (polo) shirts - now with pockets!
Shown above on left. Logo shows picture of the Town House along with text that reads:
"Foster, RI 1781"
Shirts are $20.00 each and are available in three colors:
burgundy, dark green or navy blue.
Available in S, M, L, XL and 2XL.
Jerimoth Hill T-shirts
Shown on right above. Shirts are $15.00 each
Available in five colors:
forest green, rust, light blue, deep purple, safety orange
and now in lime green as well.
Available in S, M, L, XL and 2XL.
If you want to visit the HIGHEST POINT in Rhode Island, you must come to Foster!
Jerimoth Hill, in Foster is, at 812 feet (247 meters) above sea level, the highest point in Rhode Island. The hill is located on the south side of route 101 somewhat close to the Connecticut border with coordinates, according to the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) at:
41° 50' 58'' N; 71° 46' 43'' W or,
41.8495431, -71.7786810 (Dec Deg).
The Highpointers Club at one time considered Jerimoth Hill to be the most inaccessible highpoint in all of the 50 states due to the fact that the only access was across private property. While previous owners were unwilling to allow hikers to cross their property to reach the "summit," the current owners allow hikers so long as they respect the land and their privacy. So the next time you are in Foster, climb Jerimoth Hill, and become a "Highpointer."
The book on the left is part of a series of books surveying the historical aspects of every Rhode Island City and Town. These surveys were conducted over a number of years by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHP&HC), the survey of Foster shown above was originally published in 1982. To access this book on the RIHP&HC webpage simply click on the photo of the book. Once you reach the their webpage, scroll down under the "List of Publications" heading and click on "Foster."
Foster Preservation Society
P.O. Box 51
Foster, RI 02825
Phone (401) 397-5687
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