George A. Smith Museum in Arlington MA

family_ties_case1-300x265No trip is complete without knowing a bit about its history. In Arlington, MA, the George A. Smith Museum is the place to go to learn about this fascinating town and its forefathers. The museum houses exhibits and the Arlington’s Historical Society’s collection of manuscripts, artifacts, and relics. It also focuses on a few prominent families back in the 19th and 20th century in Arlington such as the Prentiss and Winn families.

The museum recently launched a terrific new, semi-permanent exhibit called Family Ties: 200 Years of Arlington Life. This historical sojourn through Arlington’s past starts in 1807 in what was then known as West Cambridge. The journey focuses on the Puritan lifestyle common in Massachusetts at that time, taking the patron on a delightful adventure through the 19th and 20th centuries and showing them the influence of immigrants on the area. This exhibit also tells the story of Arlington’s independence in 1807 up to the current day.

The museum augments the “Family Ties: 200 Years of Arlington Life, which is its main exhibit, with smaller ones throughout the hallway and into the Jason Russell House. It is also a planning an addition that will be displayed in the assembly hall detailing Arlington during the Revolutionary War, specifically the events of April 19, the start of the Revolution. The museum was completed in 1980 with funds contributed by Elizabeth Smith in memory of her father George A. Smith and her grandfather, Samuel Abbot Smith.

About George A. Smith, the Inspiration for the Museum

George Albert Smith (1862-1952) passed away at age 91. The son of Reverend Samuel Smith and Maria Edes Smith, George Smith lived nearly his entire life in the home where he was born at 41 Academy Street. In 1886, three years after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and after a brief stint as a chemist in Chicago, George Smith and a partner formed a successful wallpaper manufacturing firm in Chelsea.

He was an ardent Unitarian his entire life serving as parish clerk for 26 years, and an equally active member of The Arlington Historical Society. Elizabeth Abbot Smith, the youngest child of George Smith and wife Anna Putnam Smith of Lexington, continued her family’s generosity and commitment to The Arlington Historical Society and it is through her benevolence that the Jason Russell House and Smith Museum exist.

Saturday & Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. for public views and tours

Entrance fees:
$5 adults
$2 for children

7 Jason Street
Arlington, MA 02476-6410

If you would like to arrange a private a tour, please contact the museum at 781-648-4300, or email them at [email protected].

For more information, click here.


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