• Saugus Iron Works Panorama

    Saugus Iron Works

    National Historic Site Massachusetts


Saugus Iron Works is always looking for volunteers!

Individuals and organizational volunteers alike keep Saugus Iron Works a beautiful and engaging place to volunteer and to visit.

Some of the valued work volunteers have done:

  • Present blacksmithing demonstrations.
  • Removed invasive plants from the Saugus River.
  • Scanned thousands of historic photos.
  • Transcribed historic documents.
  • Planted native wetland plants.
  • Maintained the Nature Trail.
  • Rebuilt waterwheels.
  • Cataloged and labeled library books.
  • Made reproduction tools for interpretive demonstrations.

For volunteering opportunities in Interpretation, including welcoming visitors to Saugus Iron Works, assisting rangers with tours, school programs, and presenting living history programs at special events, email Curtis White or call him at 978-360-0191.

For volunteering opportunities in Cultural Resources Management, including the care of Saugus Iron Works' collections and historical research, email Emily Murphy.

For volunteering opportunities in Maintenance, including carpentry, painting, and grounds work to preserve Saugus Iron Works' historic buildings and landscape, email Jeremy Bumagin.

To view more NPS volunteer opportunities, go to www.nps.gov/volunteer or www.volunteer.gov/gov

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.