Jason Russell House

Jason Russell House

The Jason Russell House was the site of one of the bloodiest battles on April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. Jason Russell and eleven other colonials as well as two British soldiers were killed here as the fighting intensified along the British retreat from Concord to Boston.

Jason Russell built this simple house in the 1740s, using re-salvaged materials from his grandparent’s older home.  Decorative changes around the windows and front door and an ell were added in the 19th Century.

The furnishings in the house date from the 18th and 19th centuries, reflecting its long development. Many of the furnishings belonged to the Russell family who occupied the house until 1896.

The Arlington Historical Society, a non-profit corporation organized in 1897, acquired and restored the house in 1923. On October 9, 1974 the National Park Service and the Department of the Interrior approved the addition of this historic house to the National Register of Historic Places. The reference number for this house is 74000363.DSCN3980

The ground floor is handicapped accessible; the second floor can be experienced using our photo-interpretation book.

Located beside the kitchen is an herb garden featuring colonial period herbs used for cooking, dyeing, and medicinal purposes. This garden is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Arlington Garden Club.

Read the Architectural History. Take the online Jason Russell House Tour.


For visitor information, including hours, admission fees and directions, see our Visitor Guide Page.