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.


Park Films

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.

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Things to Do

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.

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Help Us Find Large Trees

Help Us Find Trees

We're looking for information on how to locate 5 tall, straight white oak trees. We cannot build replacement waterwheels without these trees.

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Saugus River Restoration

Saugus River Restoration Project

Learn more about the Saugus River restoration and see the changes between 2007 and the present.

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View Photos of Site


See photos of the blast furnace, forge, slitting mill, and other resources at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

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