Foster was founded in 1730 as a constituent of Scituate, Rhode Island, until the year 1781 when it split and Foster was considered to be its own independent town. Surrounding Foster, there is sister city Glocester about 7 minutes to the north, Scituate 5 minutes to the east and Coventry 15 minutes to the south. Foster comprises a portion of Rhode Island's westerly border with Connecticut. It is a small town and tight-knit community, with several festivals and traditions exclusive to the area.
Foster is considerably rural for the area, often regarded as little more than a highway, liquor store, gas station, and gun shop. It comprises half of the "No School Foster-Glocester" trope, because of the two towns' notoriety for weather-related school cancelations. Foster radiates a southern USA atmosphere, with abundant farmland and locals who favor pickup trucks and country music.
Route 6 will take you through the heart of Foster. From I-95 N, take 295 N to Route 6 W. From I-95 S, take Route 10 S to Route 6 W. The easiest way to get to Foster is by Rt. 6 North off of 295. Take exit 6C toward US-6 W/FOSTER. This will take you to Route 6 and will allow access to all of Foster. Locally, Route 102 bisects Route 6 and goes straight through to Glocester, as well as the aptly-named Foster Center Rd (RI Route 94).
Fosters main throughway is by Route 6. The commercial areas of Foster are almost exclusively reserved for automotive travel. Mountain bikers and ATV riders will enjoy the rough and hilly offroad terrain. The town is small enough for a brisk walk to a given destination, but Route 6 is not at all pedestrian-friendly.
The town of Foster has resisted the march of technology, having had its first and only traffic light installed in 2010 at the intersection of 6 and 94.
The highest point in Rhode Island. Just off the Connecticut border, the point allows a great look out for the surrounding area, and most of the state is visible from it. Please be respectful to the land and do not litter. It is currently open from 8 am - 4 pm every day.
The Town House was built in 1795 and was originally purchased for $15. This was the main location for civic, religious, and community gatherings. The townhouse is located in Foster Center off of Route 94.
There is no definite recording as to when the jail house was initially built, but photos suggest it to be sometime around the year 1904. The Old Jail is located on South Killingly Rd.
The town scales date back to the 1800s and aided in weighings and measurements throughout the town. Hearkening back to the times when such a thing was necessary, they are on display in the town house.
The town pound was built in 1845. This was one of the first pounds built on a stream, designed to have constant water supply for the animals.
In the year 1909 J.F. Fradley and company in New York designed canes out of African Ebony from the Congo. The oldest residents in the first New England towns were awarded with the canes.
There are currently over 150 historical cemeteries located in Foster. There are websites available to search throughout Rhode Island to find the locations for what you are looking for.
There are only two covered bridges in Rhode Island, one of which is the Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge located on Central Pike off of Route 94. This bridge was finished in 1994 and built with lumber cut down from the local forest.
Experience one of America's favorite pastimes on an idyllic green. Play 18 holes on what's touted as "golf's best kept secret".
Antique shop and handcrafts perfect for souvenirs or gourmet foods. Known in the area for their vanilla bean maple syrup, food offerings are homemade and all-natural, made with ingredients from the Foster-Glocester area, and most goods are handmade.
Danny's auctions everything from farm tools and livestock, to wholesale merchandise and Christmas decorations. Liquidating local businesses often auction off their stock at Danny's, so there's bound to be something for everyone. Located on Route 6.
Beautiful location catering to primarily golfers. The menu is extensive and priced very well. The location is ideal and they allow booking for weddings and banquets. Visitation is especially recommended during the spring and summer months.
Luckys Bar and Pizza is a cozy bar which has both a pizza restaurant as well as a bar. The staff is young and very friendly. If you are looking for a peaceful, elegant night out, this is not what you are looking for. But if you are looking to relax, have a drink or two, make conversation and have a pizza, try Lucky's. Located right off Route 6 near the Killingly line.
Shady Acres is a long-standing breakfast and lunch restaurant known for their milkshakes and low prices. Enjoy a quiet meal in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. Located across from Lucky's.
Local bar located off of Route 6.
Currently there are no local listings for lodging in Foster. Lodging can be found in neighboring Scituate as well as over the line in Connecticut.
Foster has notoriously spotty cellphone reception, but access to excellent internet service providers. Internet is available at the Foster Library free of charge.
Foster is a beautiful part of Rhode Island and is one of the last that has yet to be built up. The terrain, sights, climate, and atmosphere are all conducive to zipping up a light jacket and taking a brisk walk through autumn leaves, or biking down a battered trail. Outdoorsy people will not be bored in Foster.