Foster Preservation Society

Saving Stone Walls


The Foster Preservation Society is opposed to the dismantling and destruction of stone walls in Foster for any reason.  Stone walls are an important representation of our rural and agricultural past and should therefore be preserved and protected.


The Society has addressed this issue in the past when advertisements began to appear in the Bargain Buyer and post cards in mailboxes asking property owners to sell their old stone walls.  We have written letters to the Conservation Commission, the Town Council, and most recently the Planning Board with little result except agreement with our concerns.  No official action has been taken by Town Officials to date.


We have been researching information to learn how other communities are attempting to save their endangered walls.  The following  links may be found useful.

Stone Wall Legislation


Town of Smithfield Ordinance - (scroll down to section 305 - Stone Wall Protection and Preservation).


RI General Law    45-2-39.1 - Theft of historic stone walls.


RI General Law 11-41-32  - Theft of historic stone walls.


RI General Law 44-3-43 - Providing for an historic stone wall tax exemption.


Stone Wall Preservation Laws in Connecticut - an analysis.


Stone Wall Protection Initiatives


Vermont works to preserve stone walls - Transcript of a Vermont Public Radio broadcast.


Stone Wall Initiative at UCONN - The MISSION of this initiative is to promote the appreciation, investigation, and conservation of historic stone walls, and to education about them.


Stone Wall Protection-Boon or Bust - The Rhode Island Forest Conservators Organization (RIFCO) position statement.


Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Stone Wall Preservation in the UK


Various news articles and stories related to Stone Walls


In the August 5, 2007, an article entitled "N.E.'s stout stone walls no match for thieves" appeared in The Providence Journal, The Boston Globe, and other New England newspapers.  We have placed it on our website to emphasize the importance of this issue.


A Stone's Throw from History  - Article from New York Times - Escapes



Foster Preservation Society

P.O. Box 51

Foster, RI 02825

Phone (401) 397-5687