Saugus Iron Works
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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. This nine-acre National Park includes working waterwheels, hot forges, mills, an historic 17th century home and a lush river basin.
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Elize
Boston, MA13 contributions
Aug 2022
We have been trying to visit all NPS sites in MA and this one has been my favorite so far. The museum was surprisingly very well done and very informative. I really enjoyed the moving dioramas and being able to walk around the well kept grounds. The visitor's center also has a pressed penny machine, and the ranger was kind enough to offer me a penny for a free souvenir.
Written November 10, 2022
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Lou L
Long Island, NY144 contributions
Aug 2020
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.
Written September 11, 2020
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M.Sue
94 contributions
Aug 2019
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!
Written January 7, 2020
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN12,933 contributions
Jul 2021
I have a relative who lives in Saugus and it was her suggestion that we visit here. It is a fascinating place with working mechanisms, water wheel, and where centuries ago hundreds of men labored to produce iron. The original buildings are long gone but they have been rebuilt to show how much work it was in those early settler days. Most of the laborers here were Irishmen serving prison terms in Ireland, then brought here to do slave labor. It is an amazing place and the park ranger did a wonderful job of telling the stories and demonstrating the mechanics and what types if iron was made. Anyone who enjoys learning history, this is a great do not miss visit. Definitely a hidden gem.
Written August 23, 2021
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rgh4
Dublin, OH21 contributions
Aug 2011
We arrived at 2:00 and were fortunate enough to be there for the only tour of the day at 2:15. The ranger did a great job of explaining the history of Saugus Iron Works. The best part of the tour was that the live demonstration of the water wheels, the 500 lb. hammer and forging nails. The whole family enjoyed the tour and my 7 year old son really loved it! The ranger gave him a nail from the demonstration and he received a book about iron forging when he completed the Junior Ranger program. Overall, an awesome place that I would definately visit again!
Written September 6, 2011
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Bostonian
Boston, MA14 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
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.
Written March 6, 2020
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Bryan W
Ottawa, Canada521 contributions
Aug 2019
We did not go on a guided tour, but still found the site fascinating and worth stopping in. The museum is a little dated looking, and probably would have been better with a guide, but the history of the site makes up for it.
Written August 26, 2019
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MORaggs
Boston,Ma38 contributions
Aug 2016
A beautiful half day especially in the fall.Great place for a picnic lunch by the river.
Authentic history.and a look into life as it once was.Wear your walking shoes!
Written August 26, 2016
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AlwaysForever
Pennsylvania, Usa351 contributions
May 2011
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site offered very interesting insights into early colonial iron making processes. The visitor center offers an introductory film about the site and has a small museum. The site was reconstructed, but the rangers offer an authentic tour of the processes employed during the use of the site. While we were there, rangers demonstrated the making of nails in the blacksmith shop and the effective use of hydropower to power the facility. The site is a hidden gem, worthy of a bit of time while in the Boston/Salem area.
Written June 27, 2011
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BeckyS4444
Boston, MA176 contributions
Aug 2020
Took my mom and brother during a visit and it was both educational but a nice outdoor activity without any heavy duty cardio for my mom who is getting a little less athletic but still very active.
Written July 20, 2021
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