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History of the Town of Foster, Rhode Island


The History of Foster drawn from the History of Providence County Volumes I and II. Edited by Richard M. Bayles: W.W. Preston & Co. NY. 1891.


Nike Missile Battery PR-79, Foster, RI - Learn about the old Nike site off Route 101.  This website includes links to pictures of the site.


US Census Bureau LogoCensus Data


2012 Statistical Abstract of the United States

    The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published from 1878 to 2012, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.  It is designed to serve as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to other statistical publications and sources both in print and on the Web.  These sources of data include the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.


2010 US Census data - See the 2010 Census data for the Town of Foster and the State of Rhode Island.


2000 US Census data - See the 2000 Census data for the Town of Foster RI.


Local Preservation and Historical Societies

Alliance of Rhode Island Historical Associations (ARIHA) -  The Alliance of Rhode Island Historical Associations is a voluntary alliance to foster cooperation and share expertise among Rhode Island's historical associations ...


Barrington Preservation Society - The Barrington Preservation Society is constituted for the purpose of identifying, acquiring, ... objects and information of historical interest within or pertaining to the Town of Barrington, Rhode Island.


Blackstone Valley Historical Society - The Blackstone Valley Historical Society (BVHS) is dedicated to securing and preserving items related to the history of that area of Rhode Island known as the Blackstone Valley.


Burrillville Historical Society - The Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society has been in existence since February of 1970 ...


Coventry Historical Society - A society dedicated to the preservation of the Community's heritage through the spoken word and the printed word and the use of illustrations and recorded sound.


Cranston Historical Society - To promote and encourage a lively interest in the history of Cranston ...


East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society - Preserving the Past and Living History in East Greenwich ...


East Providence Historical Society - The East Providence Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage and enjoying the history of our City.


Glocester Heritage Society - The purpose of the Society shall be to identify, acquire, hold, arrange, restore, maintain, and preserve for posterity buildings, tracts of land and objects of historical, educational, architectural, cultural and other similar interests of outstanding value within the Town of Glocester, RI ...


Friends of Harmony Village - Harmony Village is located in the eastern part of the township of Glocester, Rhode Island. The Friends of Harmony Village is a group working to preserve the heritage of Harmony and increase its sense of community.


Johnston Historical Society - The Johnston Historical Society was formed by a group of historically minded residents in the late 1970s ...


Killingly Historical Society (Connecticut) - This Society's charter is to promote knowledge, interest and research in Killingly and Windham County, Connecticut.


Little Compton Historical Society - The Little Compton Historical Society was incorporated in 1937 to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Little Compton for the enrichment and enjoyment of the general public.


Narragansett Historical Society - This site is dedicated to the history of Narragansett, Rhode Island, a beautiful seaside town with a rich and varied past ...


Newport Historical Society - It is the mission of the Newport Historical Society to collect and preserve the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, Rhode Island; to make these materials readily available ...


North Kingstown - Historic North Kingstown - NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE.


Pawtucket Preservation Society - The Preservation Society of Pawtucket (PSP) was incorporated in 1978 as a non-profit, membership-driven community organization devoted to identifying, and promoting and encouraging the preservation of the historical and architectural resources of the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island ...


Pawtuxet Valley Preservation and Historical Society - Preserving the history of, and promoting public knowledge and interest in the Pawtuxet Valley ...

Pawtuxet Village Association - To actively foster the well-being of the residents of the Pawtuxet Village area through preserving and improving its quality of life, its historic sites and structures, and its natural environment ...


Pettaquamscutt Historical Society - The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society encourages the study and appreciation of the region's history ...


Portsmouth Historical Society - The Portsmouth Historical Society, located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, welcomes you to discover our website.


Providence Preservation Society - Formed in 1956 to respond to the proposed demolition of a number of 18th- and early 19th-century houses on College Hill ...


Rhode Island Historical Society - The Rhode Island Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Islandís history.


Smithfield Historical Society (Smith-Appleby House) - Today, the Smith-Appleby House Museum is headquarters to The Historical Society of Smithfield ...


Tiverton Historical Society - The Tiverton Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution that promotes an understanding of the history of The Town of Tiverton, Newport County, Rhode Island and adjacent portions of Southern Massachusetts ...


Warren Preservation Society - The objective of the Warren Preservation Society is to promote an interest in the history of Bristol County and Warren, Rhode Island in particular; to preserve their historic integrity and cultural resources; and to educate the public to the historic value of the area.


Warwick Historical Society - Town of Warwick, RI ...


West Greenwich Historical Society (Louttit Library) - The Louttit Library preserves the West Greenwich Historical Society records however they are currently updating their site so the records may not be available on line at this time.


Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society - This Society exists for the purpose of gathering and preserving historical materials relating to Western Rhode Island and also to promote the social and cultural life of the area.


Woonsocket Historical Society - The Woonsocket Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the City of Woonsocket, it's people and it's rich industrial past.


Historical  Links

Battery C 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery -  Battery C, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery is an all-volunteer, non-profit, living history organization.  The present day's Battery is dedicated to preserving the memory of those brave men of Battery C who fought in the Civil War.


Battle of Rhode Island - An historical overview of this local Revolutionary War battle which occurred at the northern end of Aquidneck Island on August 29, 1783.


The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor - The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI.  Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful cotton spinning mill.  This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory.  Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park ...


The Dirksen Center - The Dirksen Congressional Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization in Pekin, Illinois, that seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders through archival, research, and educational programs.


Federal Land Records Official Site - This site contains a repository of Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present.


Glocester Historian - Genealogy, Record Research, and Lecture Services from Edna Kent, Historian of the Town of Glocester, RI.


History of Rhode Island - An overview of Rhode Island history located on the RI Secretary of State's website.


Historic New England - Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and appreciation for its preservation.


The Library of Congress (Chronicling America) Search America' historic newspapers from 1789-1924 or use the U'S' Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present.


Massachusetts State Archives - A treasure trove of info about Massachusetts history and genealogy.


Mashantucket Pequot Musem and Research Center - Located on the Mashantucket Pequot reservatrion in southeastern Comnnecticut, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of the indigenous cultures and societies of the United States and Canada.


The Museum of Work and Culture - Located in Woonsocket's historic Market Square, The Museum of Work and Culture tells the story of French-Canadian immigrants who left Quebec to come to work in the mills and factories of Woonsocket.


Nathaniel Greene Homestead - The General Nathanael Greene Homestead is a registered historic place located in Coventry, Rhode Island.  It was the home of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene from 1770 to 1776, and was owned afterwards by his brother Jacob Greene.  The house is owned and operated by the General Nathanael Greene Homestead Association, a non-profit organization, and was opened as a museum in 1924.


National Register of Historical Places - Program Regulations - How to go about having a property listed on the Federal Register.


National Register of Historical Places - State Listings - Find Historical locations in Rhode Island.

Preserve RI - Organization which promotes the stewardship of Rhode Island's distinctive local character and vibrant communities.

History of the Scituate Reservoir - Information provided by the Providence Water Supply Board.

Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online - The Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online (RIAMCO) is the gateway to information about archival collections in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission - The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is the state agency for historical preservation and heritage programs.


Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board - The mission of the RIHRAB is to advocate develop and support programs to defend and provide access to documentary heritage.

Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project - RIMAP is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the study of Rhode Island's maritime history and the archaeological study of cultural resources related to that history.

Rhode Island State Archives - This arm of RI State government preserves and makes available for research Rhode Island's historical public records, which date from 1638 to the present.

Rhode Island Volunteers Civil War Re-enactors Association - Information on RI Civil War volunteer units.


Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - This website strives to preserve the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and our ancestors who fought to preserve the Union 1861 - 1865.


Tomaquag Museum - Located at 390 Summit Road in Exeter Rhode Island, the Tomaquag Museum was founded in 1958 as the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum.  Their mission is to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding indigenous history, culture arts, and Mother Earth and connect to native issues today.


United States National Archives - The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper.  Located in Washington D.C. on the National Mall, the National Archives provides access to valuable records which are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your familyís history, need to prove a veteranís military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.


Genealogical Links

Genealogical Records - Have you thought about tracing your ancestry and family history but weren't sure how to begin?  Perhaps this is the place to start.


American-French Genealogical Society - A genealogical and historical organization for French-Canadian research. - An excellent site to find your ancestors.  this site requires a subscription with a monthly payment; however, a free trial subscription is offered. - Start your own online family tree with this link.


Connecticut State Library - Information about Connecticut history and genealogy


Cyndi's List - A listing of the many and varied genealogical sites available on the internet.


Daughters of the American Revolution Library - Genealogical Research.  The DAR Genealogical Research System is a combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the DAR has collected since its inception in 1890.

Ellis Island - This is a great site even if you think your ancestors did not come through Ellis Island.

History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy - An overview of genealogy with many links to resources.

HouseholdQuotes Home Genealogy Guide for 2017 - A British website set up to help homeowners and tenants avoid paying too much for jobs in their home presents some tips on genealogy and links to relevant resources.

Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild - Transcripts of ships passenger lists from various countries.

New England Historic Genealogical Society - Search 1.4 billion names from more than 22 countries.


Newspaper Archives - Explore historical and genealogical newspaper articles online.  A unique archive which spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.

North Scituate Public Library - Local history information. Also many links to genealogical websites.  When you reach this website, click on "History and Genealogy" in menu bar at left.

Rhode Island Genealogical Society - The Rhode Island Genealogical Society was begun in 1975 by individuals interested specifically in Rhode Island Families and the problems inherent in tracing them.

Rhode Island Genealogy - Click on this link to find links to various Providence County historical records listed by Town.

Roger Williams Family Association - Genealogical site  with the purpose of honoring and preserving the memory of Roger Williams and promoting communication among his descendants.


US GenWeb - Rhode Island - Nationwide genealogy and history project.


Cemetery Resources


Picture of Historical Cemetery SignThere are over 150 historical cemeteries located throughout Foster.  The following links provides access to information about each cemetery and most of the burials contained therein.


Foster Preservation Society Historical Cemetery Survey - This survey conducted in 2011-2012 allows you to see details, GPS coordinates, and photos of each historical cemetery in Foster, RI.  The survey is an ongoing project which will be updated regularly until database of all historical cemeteries is complete.


Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Records - This site contains vital information from headstone inscriptions in over 2,000 Connecticut cemeteries that were recorded in a W.P.A. project directed by Charles R. Hale ca. 1932-5.


Rhode Island Cemeteries Database -  It is possible to search the RI Historical Cemetery Database for an ancestor buried anywhere in the state.  The pre-20th century data is over 95% complete.  The earliest gravestone in the database is that of John Coggeshall, Sr., President of the Colony of Rhode Island from 1647.


 Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project - Search for ancestor's graves.


Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission - This organization studies the location, condition, and inventory of historical cemeteries in Rhode Island, and makes recommendations to the General Assembly.  This site also provides a way to search for a specific cemetery anywhere in Rhode Island: choose "Cemetery Databases"  then select the type fo search you would like.


Find a Grave website - Find the graves of thousands of people around the world including ancestors, create virtual memorials, add "virtual flowers" and a note to a loved one's grave, etc. - Search and browse cemetery burial records online from thousands of cemeteries across the world.


The Association for Gravestone Studies - The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones.


Maps and Atlases


Rhode Island Maps - Maps from the 1600's, 1700's and 1800's.  Provided by US GenWeb.


United States Geological Survey (USGS) - The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.


University of Connecticut Historical Map Collection - Digitized historical maps of Connecticut, Northeast United States, New England, United States, and select maps from around the world.


University of Texas Historical Map Collection - Large collection of maps featuring many regions around the globe.


Town and Community Links

Town of Foster - Town meeting agendas, minutes, finance reports, etc.


Town of Foster Comprehensive Plan - Town government produced description of the Town and proposed plans for the future.


Town of Foster Police Department - The official web site of the Foster Police Department.


Captain Isaac Paine School - Foster's Elementary School website.


Foster Glocester Regional Schools - Middle School and High School website.


Borders Farm - Preserved 1849 working farm with farmhouse and intact dairy barn.


Boy Scout Troop 101 - Local Boy Scout troop.  Website provides very little information other than contact info and is unfortunately not kept up to date.

                Troop 101 - Old Home Days 2014 video


Foster Center Baptist Church - Foster Center Baptist Church is an old, established neighborhood church, dating from January 1881.  At that time, the building was called the Foster Center Christian Church.  The dedication was held on October 31, 1882.


Foster Libraries - "Heritage Quest Online: Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with full-text genealogy and local history collections."


Moosup Valley Church - The Moosup Valley Meeting House was erected in 1864 in response to a community desire...


Northern Rhode Island 4H - Information about the 4H fair held each year at Old Home Days.


Scituate and Foster Youth Soccer League - committed to providing the youth of our community with the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of soccer while developing their physical, social and emotional well being.


Swamp Meadow Community Theatre - Local Community Theater offering multiple live productions each year.


Other Interesting and Thought Provoking Links


Amateur Astronomical Society of Rhode Island - Did you ever look up into the night sky over Foster and wonder what's out there.  Visit Skyscrapers, Inc. to learn more about the wonders of the sky.


Geocaching - What is geocaching?  Click on this site to find out.  Then you can explore, find, and log geocaches around the world.


G.h.o.s.t Paranormal Research Team - (WEBSITE CURRENTLY DISABLED) This is the website of the local ghost hunting group which investigated the Foster Town House on November 12, 2011.


Greenville Paranormal Research - A small group of experienced and dedicated paranormal investigators and researchers based in Greenville, Rhode Island.  See their investigations in Foster and surrounding areas at this link.


Hearthside - Historical Federal style home in Lincoln, Rhode Island.


The Library of Congress (Home page) - The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections.


National Trust for Historic Preservation - The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization which works to save america's historic places.


Old Time Patterns - Old Time Patterns offers a selection of the most popular and period correct patterns available as well as clothing, notions, and reproduction fabrics.


Providence Athenaeum - The Providence Athenaeum is an independent membership library that opened on Benefit Street in 1838.  The Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center, welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation.


Ray Wolf Books - Ray Wolf Books has been located in Hope, Rhode Island since 2009.  Ray has produced books on local history and poetry.


Rhode Island Commerce Corporation - Business planning, small business loans, science and technology grants, etc.


Rhode Island Council for the Humanities - The mission of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders.


Rhode Island Post Card Club - The Rhode Island Post Card Club is a non-profit organization.  Its purpose is to promote interest in postcard collecting (deltiology) by encouraging the study, preservation and exhibition of postcards and related material; to cultivate mutual friendship and assistance among collectors, students and especially to encourage and assist beginning collectors.


Tom D'Agostino Paramnormal Investigations and Books - Ray Wolf Books has been located in Hope, Rhode Island since 2009.  Tom has produced books on local history and poetry.




Foster Preservation Society

P.O. Box 51

Foster, RI 02825

Phone (401) 397-5687