Foster, Rhode Island is a rural town located 20 miles west of Providence and borders Killingly, Connecticut. Residents here appreciate Foster’s natural beauty and historic charm, plus a great school system that is regionalized with neighboring Glocester. As with most of western RI, Foster offers many outdoor recreation opportunities, including the highest elevation point in the state at Jerimoth Hill.
According to Realtor.com, in February 2023, the median listing home price in Foster, RI was $540K, trending up 54.3% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $280. The median home sold price was $500K.
* Tax rate based per thousand - Sources: United States Census Bureau. 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 17 March 2022. & Realtor.com
Many of the small retail shops in Foster run along Route 6. You’ll find small businesses like Bee's Buzz (for old treasures, local crafts, tasty treats) or specialty products, such as bait & tackle supplies, feed & grain, convenience stores, and more.
If you’re looking for larger retail stores and shopping malls, follow Route 6 east to Route 5 in Johnston. Here’s you’ll find Stop & Shop, CVS, Stonehill Marketplace, and more.
Foster Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features the Foster Town Building, the oldest government meeting house of its kind in the United States, and the Baptist Church.
Located in western foster, this historic district features public buildings built over 200 years ago, but still in use. Includes the Grange Hall and the old school house building.
Clayville is another historic village in Foster. The notable buildings to visit include the Clayville Christian Union Church and the Clayville Schoolhouse, each built in the mid-1800s.
A family run business offering their unique blend of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The restaurant scene in Foster is mainly country-style dining with a few options for authentic Italian, Traditional American, and lunch spots.
The highest point of elevation in RI at 812 feet. The site is used an observatory through the year and offers various hiking trails around the hill.
An annual festival held every year since 1904 during the last weekend in July. It’s a celebration of antiquity and “simpler times” with vintage games, live music, face painting contests, pie eating contests, food concessions, egg tosses, and more.
A picturesque wooden bridge built in 1994. It was originally planned to commemorate Rhode Island’s 350th birthday. It’s the only covered bridge in Rhode Island on a public road and is a popular place to take photos.
A 77-mile hiking and nature trail running through Rhode Island. The Foster section is considered to be one of the most scenic and beautiful parts of the trail, passing through varied terrains and protected areas.
A private membership golf club with an 18-hole course, pro shops, tavern, space for corporate and private events. Tee times are available for visitors and guests on a daily basis.
Foster and Glocester have a regionalized school system for students in the 6 – 12 grades. Ponaganset Middle School and Ponaganset high school have an average yearly enrollment rate of 1197 students, with 112 teachers. Foster has its own elementary school, Isaac Paine Elementary, which serves 265 students.
For more detailed information on the regionalized school district, please visit their website. If you’d like more information on Isaac Paine Elementary, please visit paineschool.org
Route 102: Runs through the southern part of Foster into Scituate and West Greenwich.
Route 94: runs north to south and crosses over Route 6 in Foster. Also connects to Route 102 in the southern part of town.
Route 6: a middle highway running east to west across Foster. Crosses over into Connecticut (Killingly) or into neighboring towns of Scituate and Johnston. This road is the fastest way to travel to I-295, I-95, and Providence.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 25 miles
Distance to Providence Train Station: 20 miles
For more information on Foster, community events, and government departments, please visit the official website