• Saugus Iron Works Panorama

    Saugus Iron Works

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Transfer of Technology

The impact of Saugus Iron Works would reach well past its 22 years of operation. It would, in fact, reach well past the seventeenth century. The effect of the Saugus Iron Works can still be felt today as the iron industry remains one of the largest in our country.

By hiring skilled workers from England and teaching countless others the trade, Saugus Iron Works would prepare hundreds of workers to build and start iron works of their own after this one went out of business. As more and more workers became skilled and the industry grew, one important fact remained clear; it all started here. As you explore the site you’ll find the answer for these activities. Complete one of them to earn your badge!

 

Did You Know?

stone tools

At the time of English settlement, the native community in what is today Saugus was led by a woman known only as the “Great Squaw Sachem”. It was not uncommon for a woman to take the lead as sachem after her husband died. Our squaw sachem had several contemporaries; 3 in Connecticut, 2 in Rhode Island and 1 in Massachusetts. What did the colonists think of this practice?