• Saugus Iron Works Panorama

    Saugus Iron Works

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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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?

carpenter bee

While walking around the Industrial Site you may see small holes that have been drilled into the wooden siding. Although these holes may look man-made, they are actually carved out by Eastern carpenter bees, which use them as a safe place to lay their eggs. You may also come across long, drilled out lines in the wood, a sign that woodpeckers have been searching for the carpenter bee larva.