Mount Hygeia

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Mt. Hygeia
Rhode Island Greening original apple tree in Foster RI.jpg
Early Rhode Island Greening apple tree on Mt. Hygeia, pictured ca. 1900 [3]
Mount Hygeia is located in Rhode Island
Mount Hygeia
Location Foster, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°50′48″N 71°45′17″W / 41.84667°N 71.75472°W / 41.84667; -71.75472Coordinates: 41°50′48″N 71°45′17″W / 41.84667°N 71.75472°W / 41.84667; -71.75472
Built 1808
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 77000008[1]
Added to NRHP August 12, 1977

Mt. Hygeia (also known as the "Solomon Drown House") is an historic farm property on Mt. Hygeia Road in Foster, Rhode Island.


Dr. Solomon Drowne, a prominent physician, academic, botanist, and surgeon during the American Revolution, owned the property in the early nineteenth century. Around 1801 Drowne returned to Rhode Island and bought the farm next to Senator Foster and named it Mt. Hygeia after the Greek goddess of health. As near as can be determined, Drown's home was built around 1806 (as determined by Anselyn Lynch researching for the National Register of Historic Places). Drowne used the farm for botanical research and named his driveway the "Appian Way".[2] The farm house was built in 1808 in a Federal style. One of the oldest Rhode Island Greening trees was located on the property at the turn of the twentieth century.[3][4]

The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Brown University info accessed Feb. 8, 2009
  3. ^ The Apples of New York By Spencer Ambrose Beach, Nathaniel Ogden Booth, Orin Morehouse Taylor, New York (State). Dept. of Agriculture, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station Published by J.B. Lyon, 1905 Item notes: v.1, pg. 281 [1]
  4. ^ "Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation of Horticultural Plants, Descriptions of the Species of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, and Ornamental Plants Sold in the United States and Canada, Together with Geographical and Biographical Sketches" By Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller Edition: 2 Published by The Macmillan Company, 1902, pg. 1515 [2]