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Our Mission

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.


Our Headquarters

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

Click Here for Directions

 


Who Are We?

 Learn more about

Our Mission,

Meeting schedule,

By-Laws, and

Board of Directors.

 


Other Interesting Places on the FPS Website

Most Endangered Properties Program

Foster Preservation Society Newsletters

(past editions)

Preservation Society "Citizen of the Year" Award

Old Home Days Page

Famous Foster Folks

 

Jerimoth Hill T-shirt pictures

 


Plaque Program

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 fosterfps@msn.com.

Plaque Program Guidelines

 

Plaque Application

 


 

Thank you for visiting us at Old Home Days!!!


NEW FOSTER SHIRTS ARE IN!

 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.

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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

Available in S, M, L, XL and 2XL.

 

Click here for order form.

 


If you want to visit the HIGHEST POINT in Rhode Island, you must come to Foster!

File:JerimothHill2.JPGJerimoth 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."

 


Preservation Society Historical Cemetery Survey

This survey which we conducted through the years 2011-2014 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:

Each week on Thursday mornings we will be going out and continuing our historical cemetery work.  We will meet each week at the Town House at 8:50 am and car pool out to the cemetery.

 

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 cancelled in cases 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

 

Latest Foster, Rhode Island, weather conditions and forecast

 

 

Foster Preservation Society

P.O. Box 51

Foster, RI 02825

Phone (401) 397-5687

Email: fosterfps@msn.com

 

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