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.

orange sunrise over two wood-sided buildings with paths leading between them

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

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a tactile scaled metal sculpture of the park lower level with four buildings and dock with two boats

Multimedia Presentations

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Last updated: March 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

244 Central St
Saugus, MA 01906



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