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Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, established April 5th, 1968, is 12.58 acres of Hammersmith's original 600 acres from the 17th century. Saugus Iron Works evokes the character of a working, water-powered, iron-making plant from the early Massachusetts Bay Colony. Visitors tour three mill buildings where an elaborate system of waterwheels and sluiceways powers 17th-century engineered mechanical equipment, demonstrating the core operations of Hammersmith. The site includes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, slitting mill, and warehouse, together with the original slag pile and several post-Hammersmith era structures (i.e., Iron Works House, museum, visitor center contact station, blacksmith shop, maintenance buildings, and 1940s residences). Saugus Iron Works is a key site in Essex National Heritage Area.
Park PurposeThe purpose of Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is to preserve and interpret the reconstructed Hammersmith site and resources associated with the first sustained, integrated ironworks in British Colonial America, which operated on the Saugus River from 1646 to approximately 1670.
Foundation Document, 2019
Last updated: March 4, 2020