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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The birthstone for May is the emerald. It is said to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. The gemstone was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia.
Highest point in Rhode Island T-shirts
The Foster Preservation Society will be selling T-shirts to commemorate Jerimoth Hill as the highest point in Rhode Island.
These T-shirts will have the above logo featured prominently on the front and will cost only $15.00 each.
Shirts will be available in a variety of colors and sizes.
Please call (401) 647-2486 or (401) 397-5687 to order. See our Book and Gift Shop page for more information and order by mail form.
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 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."
This survey conducted in 2011-2013 allows you to see details, GPS coordinates, and photos of each historical cemetery in Foster, Rhode Island. The survey is an ongoing project which will be updated regularly until the database of all historical cemeteries is complete.
This week in the Cemetery survey:
On Thursday, May 16th at 9:00 am, we will be working on the cemeteries along route 6 beginning with the cemetery located across from Shady Acres and working our way down towards the Scituate Line ending up at the cemetery on Rounds Lane.
Please feel free to join us on any day, volunteers are always welcome to help us photograph, transcribe, and verify the State cemetery records.
PLEASE NOTE: Visits will be rescheduled in case of heavy rain.
FPS is replacing
Historical Cemetery Signs!
As the FPS Historical Cemetery survey progresses, one of our goals is to try to replace all of the signs that are severely damaged or have gone missing. The newly posted sign on historical cemetery number 141 appears to the right.
History of Foster - Online
This book 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 on the left 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."
Looking Out Our Office Window
Foster Preservation Society
P.O. Box 51
Foster, RI 02825
Phone (401) 397-5687
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