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.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is the home of over 37 species of birds. The more common native bird species found here include the American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), American robin (Turdus migratorius), gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia), common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), song sparrow (Melospiza melodia), northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), and red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). These bird species may be found in all three major habitat types within the historic site. These habitat types are broadly classified into landscaped areas, wetlands, and riparian woodlands.
Did You Know?
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?