• Saugus Iron Works Panorama

    Saugus Iron Works

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Park Reopens to the Public

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Date: October 17, 2013
Contact: Jonathan Parker, 978-210-4245

Saugus, MA – Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites reopened to the public today. Visitors can now access the visitor centers, bookstores, restrooms, grounds and historic buildings located at both sites.  Free ranger-led tours for the visiting public and school programs for local students have resumed normal October schedules.  Both Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works have been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

“We are excited and happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to both Salem and Saugus,” said Superintendent Michael Quijano-West. “Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that these two parks have to offer.” Visitors should check the website of both parks to get detailed operating hours and tour information before departing for the park.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

Did You Know?

Painting by Don Trianti depicts the first National Guard muster that took place in late 1636/7. Civilian soldiers are in formation dressed in buff coats, helmets, and bandoliers. They drill with their muskets with smoke coming from the chimneys of their thatched-roof houses in the background.

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.