The town of Arlington, Massachusetts is a wonderful place to live or
visit. It is located in Middlesex County, less than five miles from
Harvard square in Cambridge and six miles from Boston. It has two major
business areas, both located along and around Massachusetts Avenue or as
it is known locally – Mass Ave. Arlington Center is the municipal
center and main business district. Arlington Heights is further out from
Boston, and is found further northwestward along Mass Ave, just before
the town of Lexington.
Arlington, MA was first settled by Europeans in 1635, and was a village known as Menotomy. Its current town boundaries and name were set in place in 1867. The name Arlington was chosen to honor citizens buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
It has a rich history, including being one of the places Paul Revere road through during his famous midnight ride. The day long battles that ensued, including those in Lexington and Concord, were actually not the fiercest action of the day. More lives were lost and more action seen in what was then Menotomy during that day, with 25 revolutionaries and 40 British soldiers killed here.
Early industry in the town was dependent on mills built along the banks of the aptly named Mill Brook. One of these mills, Old Schwamb, remains in operation today and is the oldest working mill in the country. It was built in 1650. An ice industry also developed, as well as a thriving farming community. Today industry and farming are mainly absent and away from the busy Mass Ave, is largely residential.
The current population is 42,844 people, 18,969 households and 10,981 families residing in the town.
Updated: 19th October, 2019 8:31 PM.