To count down the days to the end of summer, I will be taking you on a virtual walking tour of Arlington–the same one outlined in 1937’s The WPA Guide to Massachusetts. Each entry will include an excerpt from the book about each site visited. Hopefully this will give us a little insight as to how things have changed in the past 73 years. Lucky number thirteen is the Jason Russell House.
“The Jason Russell House (open weekdays except Mon. 2-5, Apr.-Oct.),
7 Jason St., a wooden two-story dwelling with pitched roof and central chimney was built in 1680…
The house was occupied by descendants of the Russell family until 1890. It is now the
headquarters of the Arlington HIstorical Society.”