The Jason Russell House

   One of Phil Russell's ancestors, Jason Russell, about 11 generations ago, was bayoneted and shot in the doorway of his Arlington, Massachusetts home on the first day of the Revolutionary War. The fighting at the Jason Russell house was the bloodiest encounter of the day. Jason was 58 and lame on that day. Eleven other Minutemen were shot at the Jason Russell house.

   Jason had already sent his family away for safekeeping, but he refused to leave, saying "An Englishman's home is his castle." Eight Minutemen reached the cellar and escaped by threatening to shoot anyone attempting to follow them down the stairs.

   The headstone on Jason's grave tells how he was "barbarously murdered in his own house by Gage's bloody troop." The home is now on the National Register of Historic Places and contains furniture and artifacts from the Revolutionary War period.

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The Jason Russel
house at Arlington

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A painting depicting
the fight at the
Jason Russell house

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A part of the painting
showing Jason
being bayoneted

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A bullet hole still
visible in the
Jason Russell
house

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Another of several
bullet holes in
the house.

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Bands dressed in
1775 costumes play
at the Minuteman
Museum
   

 Visiting Dean and Nan Lewis in Bethesda
and Bill and Dorothy Thompson in McLean

Visiting Phil's Sister in Boston

Visiting Places Phil Lived as a Child

Visiting the White Mountains of New Hampshire

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