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Saugus Iron Works

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Lou L wrote a review Sep 2020
Long Island, New York140 contributions147 helpful votes
If you're visiting Salem, this is a stop you should make! While it takes you out of the witch trials realm, the initial building you see when you park is very similar to the "Witch House" in Salem, given the architecture style of the time. Huge disclaimer, the site is open on a very limited basis due to Covid. What gave this site such a strong rating for me was the rangers on site. They're "roaming" rangers, so there are a few that walk the grounds to answer questions. I would call ahead to see if any events are going on the day you plan on visiting, because there are some blacksmithing demonstrations that occur during this. Otherwise, they show you how iron was made and how the tools impacted every day life in early colonial America. Its a really fun site to visit, I'm sure kids would really enjoy it once its back up and running in its entirety. Its tucked away in a small town, we didn't see too many restaurants on our way in so pack snacks. The site is much larger than it looks, and there is some construction going on so be prepared to walk a bit.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Bostonian wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, Massachusetts14 contributions
Besides its historical importance, Iron Works is a worth to visit place. Your kids will like there. And if you catch a good weather, bring some food and snacks to have a picnic with the family.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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M.Sue wrote a review Jan 2020
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I took the tour and was highly impressed with the amount of information and history strewn throughout the tour and the location. Great for adults or kids. The iron mill was my favorite part but being able to explore the property after the tour was just as wonderful!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Erica T wrote a review Oct 2019
Enid, Oklahoma13 contributions1 helpful vote
The Saugus Iron Works produced cast and wrought iron from 1646 to 1668, then fell to disrepair, then returned to the earth. In the 1950s a recovery project was begun, and the whole place has been gorgeously reconstructed. There are several stages of iron production, much of it cleverly powered by waterwheels. They don't produce iron now, but the waterwheels can still be operated (by the tour guides) to show you how they power the massive bellows or the giant (500 lb cast iron!!) hammerhead or the mechanics that flatten and slice the iron bars. I think this is one of those places where you get MUCH more out of a tour than if you just walk around and look at stuff. The tour guides are awesome. Maybe better for older kids, perhaps 10+. And it's FREE. We did not do the house tour yet.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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12vettegirl wrote a review Oct 2019
Safety Harbor, Florida5 contributions3 helpful votes
Excellent place to visit. Great history and if you’re lucky to get a guided tour it makes it so complete! Definitely worth the time!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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