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.
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 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."
TIME IS RUNNING OUT !!!
CHOWDER POT CHALLENGE
Some of you may personally know Ray Wolf, a local author and member of the Foster Preservation Society, or perhaps you have heard him presenting at a historical society event. Well Ray, who has deep family roots in Foster has issued a challenge to each of us that we here at the Society are calling the
CHOWDER POT CHALLENGE.
About two years ago, the Society acquired the old Chowder Pot which was used to make chowder at Old Home Days a century ago. It is actually called a “Portable Cauldron” and was cast by the Barstow Manufacturing Company in Providence, RI back in the 1800's. The Society wants to have the pot restored in order to preserve and display it at future Old Home Days events.
The Society, worked diligently to obtain a grant from the State of Rhode Island in the amount of $500 to be used for the restoration. However, the actual cost of restoration is $2,000, leaving us $1,500 short.
So, here is Ray's challenge: For every dollar you donate (postmarked between) August 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015, Ray will match it dollar for dollar, up to $750. That will give us the additional $1,500 needed to complete the restoration.
If you would like to answer Ray's challenge, please send your check for $1, $5, $10, $25, $100, or whatever you can afford, to the Foster Preservation Society P.O. Box 51, Foster, RI 02825. In the memo portion of your check, please indicate “Chowder Pot Challenge” or “Ray’s Challenge.” You can also bring your donation by the Society's Offices located downstairs in the Town House, any Wednesday morning during the month of August between 9:00 a.m. and noon.
And remember, for every dollar you donate, the Society receives two.
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 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."
AUDIO and VIDEO files are now available on our website!!!
The Society has recently added some audio files
recorded in the past with some older residents. We will continue to
add more of these as they are converted from old tapes to a digital format.
Both audio and video files can be accessed on our "Collections" page or by clicking on the following link: AUDIO/VIDEO files.
This survey, which the FPS conducted between 2011 and 2015, 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. Click on the link below for details:
FPS is replacing Historic 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.
Looking Out Our Office Window
Foster Preservation Society
P.O. Box 51
Foster, RI 02825
Phone (401) 397-5687
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