MBTA: Arlington is very close to Alewife Station, which is the northbound terminus of the Red Line.
The Town of Arlington is over 375 years old, though its name has changed on two occasions. Originally called Menotomy, an Algonquin word meaning “swift running water,” the town became West Cambridge in the early 19th Century and Arlington just after the Civil War.
Arlington has been the scene of seminal moments in American history. Paul Revere rode directly through the town on his famous Midnight Ride in April of 1775, and as British Regulars returned from Lexington and Concord they encountered stiff resistance in Menotomy as they fought their way back to Boston. Arlington is also the site of the first free public library in the Commonwealth, the birthplace of Uncle Sam, and home to the Cyrus Dallin Museum.