Explore the birthplace of the American iron and steel industry.
In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened. Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. This nine-acre National Park includes working waterwheels, hot forges, mills, an historic 17th century home and a lush river basin.
Things to Do
Go on a ranger-guided tour, have fun with Junior Ranger activities, watch the orientation film, walk the nature trail, view birds and wildlife.Read More
See photos of the blast furnace, forge, slitting mill, and other resources at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.Read More
Watch Park Films
Watch our official park film, "Iron Works on the Saugus." This 12-minute film is an engaging introduction to the history and operation of the site.Read More
Saugus River Restoration Project
Learn more about the Saugus River restoration and see the changes between 2007 and the present.Read More
Did You Know?
On Thursday, January 10, 2013 President Obama signed into law HR1339 which designates Salem, Massachusetts as the birthplace of the National Guard. Future ironworks founder John Winthrop, Jr. was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the East Regiment on March 9, 1636/7. The East Regiment included the communities of Salem, Saugus (changed to Lynn later in 1637), Ipswich, and Newbury.