It was founded in 1730 as part of the town of Scituate. In 1781, it became a separate town.
Surrounding Foster, there is Glocester to the north, Scituate to the east and Coventry to the south. To the west you will find access to Connecticut.
Foster is a small town and tight knit community that the outlying areas and towns are unified in a community type of manner. It takes about 5 minutes to reach North Scituate, about 7 minutes to reach Glocester and about 15 to reach Coventry.
By car 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 Route 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. The best way to get to Scituate from the north is Rt. 6 off of 395 as well as Route 101 which will allow access to also Route 102.
Fosters main through way is by Route 6, a main highway and popular road used to get from Connecticut to Providence, there are no sidewalks just highway. Roads leading off of Route 6 are primarily dirt with few paved and relatively narrow, not allowing for additional types of vehicles, such as bicycles.
Foster is not built up at all but has a lot of history behind its essential growth thus far. There is only one stoplight located at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 94 and was only put in the year 2010.
- Jerimoth Hill.
Highest point in Rhode Island. The point allows a great lookout for the surrounding area and is a must see. Please be respectful to the land and do not litter. It is open from 8AM-4PM everyday and the location is supreme.
- Ponaganset Reservoir. This reservoir is in Glocester and is a must-see for all people visiting Foster. It has historical value and also is a great area to kick back and relax and enjoy the surrounding environment and the view. The acres which surround the reservoir are magnificent.
- The Town House was built in 1795 and 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.
- The Old Jail: There is no recording as to when the jail house was built, but photos conclude that it was sometime around 1904. The Old Jail is on South Killingly Rd.
- Town Scales: The town scale originated from the 1800s and aided in weight and measures throughout the town. It is at the town house and is on display.
- Town Pound: The town pound was built in 1845 with its purpose of holding all animals found lost. This was one of the first pounds built on a stream with intentions of always having water for the current animals occupying the pound.
- The Boston Post Cane: In 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 rewarded with the canes and honored for their existence.
- Historical cemeteries: There are 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.
- Covered bridge: There are very few covered bridges in Rhode Island, one of which is the Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge on Central Pike off of Route 94. This bridge was finished in 1994 and built with lumber cut down from the local forest.
There are a few antique locations off of Route 6 and a Foster Bear Arms and Trading Post.
- Foster Country Club. Beautiful location catering to primarily golfers. The course is pristine and this country club has a wonderful dining area. The menu is extensive and it priced very well. The location is key and they allow booking for weddings and banquets. Overall this is a great place to visit and the staff is very friendly. Recommend visiting during the spring and summer months.
- Luckys Bar and Pizza (off Route 6). Luckys Bar and Pizza is a cozy bar which has both a pizza restaurant as well as bar in one. If you are looking for somewhere to go, eat some pizza and common bar foods this is the place for you. Their prices are right and on some nights the music is spectacular. Check out their Facebook page as well as events calendar. Staff is very young and very friendly. If you are looking for a place that is high end 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, you have found it.
- Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy. Shady Acres restaurant has been around for a very long time and you cannot beat their prices. The staff is very friendly and easy going. This is a family restaurant, the menu is small but offers the key supplements for any meal. BLTs, hamburgers, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, soup, salad. Breakfast is a standout.
- Lucky's Bar and Pizza.
- Helen's Place.
Local bar and located off of Route 6.
- Foster Country Club.
There is no lodging in Foster. Although lodging can be found in Scituate, Rhode Island as well as over the line in Connecticut.
Foster is a beautiful part of Rhode Island and is one of the last that has yet to be built up. All that you will find here is a wonderful community, little locations to eat and beautiful woods. Take a walk, hike the reservoir or visit some historical sights, something all should see.