Park Closed for the Season
The park will be closed from Nov 1st, 2013 to Spring 2014. Visitor information is available online, via facebook.com/SaugusIronNPS or by calling the Salem Visitor Center at (978) 740-1650.
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
Saugus River Restoration Project
Learn more about the Saugus River restoration and see the changes between 2007 and the present.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
See photos of the blast furnace, forge, slitting mill, and other resources at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.Read More
Did You Know?
In 1634 author William Wood described the Saugus River, "These flatts make it unnavigable for shippes, yet at high water great Boates, Loiters, and Pinnaces of 20, and 30 tun, may saile up to the plantation". The Oxford English Dictionary uses Wood's description to help define the word "lighter".