Paul Revere's famous midnight ride to alert colonists took him through Menotomy, now known as Arlington. Minutemen from surrounding towns converged on Menotomy to ambush the British on their retreat from Concord and Lexington

In its early years, Arlington was a thriving farming community and had its own lettuce that was quite popular. Arlington had a large ice industry on Spy Pond from the mid-19th century until the last ice house burned down in 1930; much of its ice was sent to the Caribbean and India.

Arlington covers 3,517.5 acres, of which 0.4 square miles, are covered by water. There are 210.52 acres of parkland. Elevation ranges from 4 feet above sea level (along Alewife Brook) to 377 feet near Park Avenue and Eastern Avenue.

Arlington borders on the Mystic LakesMystic River, and Alewife Brook. Within its borders are Spy Pond, the Arlington Reservoir, Mill Brook, and Hills Pond.



  • Arlington Center
  • Arlington Heights
  • East Arlington
  • Brattle Square
  • Jason Heights
  • Arlmont Village
  • Morningside
  • Turkey Hill
  • Little Scotland
  • Poets' Corner

Public Schools

Arlington has a public school system with ten schools. (7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school)

Elementary schools (K-5):

  • Brackett
  • Bishop
  • Dallin
  • Hardy
  • Peirce,
  • Stratton
  • Thompson

Middle schools:

  • Gibbs (grade 6)
  • Ottoson (grades 7 & 8)

Arlington High School (grades 9–12)

In addition, Arlington is in the district served by the Minuteman Regional High School, located in Lexington, one of the top vocational-technical schools in Massachusetts.

Private Schools

  • Arlington Catholic High School
  • St. Agnes School
  • Lesley Ellis 
  • Alivia Elementary School

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About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
Great schools
It's walkable to grocery stores
It's walkable to restaurant
Easy commutes
There are sidewalks
Parks and playgrounds
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
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