First settled in 1814, Foster Township covers 30 square miles surrounding the tiny hamlet of Fosterburg. Its town hall is used by some 60 senior citizens as a meeting place and is available to all residents for special occasions. A community park with play equipment for small children, as well as picnic shelters, is located off to the side of the town hall building.
The township maintains about 50 miles of roads that pass a grand exhibit of country homes ranging from small family farms to splendid estates. With a population of 3,600, the township’s rolling and wooded rural land is attracting a great deal of new home construction. The area is horse country and is home to a major saddle club.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department provides township residents with police protection. They are protected from fires by the Fosterburg Fire Protection District.
Only a few minutes from Alton and St. Louis, Foster Township has easy access to shopping, hospitals, and other amenities of the larger community. It is served by Alton and Bethalto schools.
Many churches of several denominations are located in the township as well as two golf courses. The new 255 Highway being constructed is expected to increase population and business growth as it transverses the township.