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.

Ranger stands in doorway of a large wood-sided structure used to forge iron.

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Basic Information

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

Places To Go

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Things To Do

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Last updated: October 7, 2021

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Mailing Address:

244 Central St
Saugus, MA 01906

Phone:

978-740-1650

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