Foster, Rhode Island
Providence county. This is a large agricultural and manufacturing town, finely watered by Hemlock brook, Ponongansett and Moosup rivers. The surface of the town, in many parts, is rough and uneven, but the soil is well calculated for the productions of the dairy. In the western part are extensive forests of valuable timber. There are a number of pleasant villages on the borders of the numerous streams, most of which are largely engaged in manufacturing operations, particularly of cotton. Foster was first settled in 1717; incorporated in 1781, and named in compliment to the Hon. Theodore Foster, formerly a senator of the United States. It lies 15 miles W. by S. from Providence and 50 E. from Hartford, Ct. Population, 1830, 2,672.