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. Saugus Iron Works is a twelve-acre National Historic Site that includes working waterwheels, forges, mills, a historic 17th century home, and a lush river basin.

A wooden bridge leads to a large, stone furnace with a wooden shed attached.
Preservation & Restoration

There is major life-cycle preservation and restoration occurring on the Blast Furnace, Casting Shed, and Charging Bridge.

Ranger stands in doorway of a large wood-sided structure used to forge iron.
10 Tips for Visiting Saugus Iron Works

Use these insider tips to make the most out of your next national park adventure!

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Current Conditions

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Flowing waters of the Saugus River on sunny day bordered by rocky, tree-lined riverbanks.
Basic Information

Learn the essential information needed to plan your visit.

Building interior with two chimneys, gravel floor, stool, wheelbarrow, and other blacksmith tools
Places To Go

Discover all the places you can go at Saugus Iron Works.

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Things To Do

Explore what you can do at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site!

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Become a Junior Ranger

Explore the stories of the Saugus Iron Works with this free, youth-focused program!

Last updated: January 30, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

244 Central St
Saugus, MA 01906



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