FOSTER, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s highest point is now owned by the state.
Jerimoth Hill in Foster stands at 812 feet above sea level and was owned by Brown University.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, representatives from the university and other state and local officials celebrated the deed signing for the 5.58-acre parcel on Wednesday.
The Department of Environmental Management bought it for $100,000. The university will continue to use a portion of the property for astronomical study.
The state purchased the abutting property in 2008. State officials wanted to buy Jerimoth Hill to obtain legal public access and resolve liability concerns over the public use of Brown property.
Jerimoth Hill is now open to the public and the state plans to improve the site for better access.
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