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“Great Foray Into the Past”
Review of Saugus Iron Works

Saugus Iron Works
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Saugus
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Owner description: 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.
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
408 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Great Foray Into the Past”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

The Saugus Iron Works is a little off the beaten path but worth checking out. I go at least once a year and love to roam the grounds and read about the old iron works. The place is immaculate, and free so it's great to take some time and look around. I went in September and the foliage added a beauty to the property. Very interesting to see how the machines worked. There's a small museum which is very informative and depending on when you go there are guides. I always come away amazed at what they were able to accomplish with a few wheels and water!

Visited September 2012
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Newton, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“High tech in 1640 - really informative and interesting”
Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

What a great find. Great little National Park just outside of Boston that has some really interesting but little known 1640 history. The archiological site has been authentically restored in the 1940's thru private funding and now is under the National Park system.
Be sure to take advantage of the Ranger tours. The Rangers not only provided a lot info and answer questions, but also set the waterwheels in motion, which in turn actuates the bellows to the blast furnace and finer furnaces as well as the 500 lbs hammer.

Thank Paul S
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Danvers, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“scenic spot! good for a couple of hrs trip with children!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

It's a pretty, green, historic patch hidden in Saugus. There are guided tours of the three buildings which last an hour. Also a tiny museum to showcase the history of the place.we dint find the tour or museum so interesting maybe because there isn't much,But worth mentioning the tour guides are very dedicated, sharp and don't miss mentioning any of the details.Purists making scottish prisoners work hard to make iron... hmm... that's it!A nice spot for kids to run around, good to do some photography. And yes It's FREE, no entry fee!

Visited October 2012
Thank S M
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NW Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
222 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great Stop”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

This is a small national park, slightly isolated in the northern burbs of Boston, but it does an EXCELLENT job of showcasing early industry in America. I would recommend this to anyone.

Visited July 2012
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Monroe, NC
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“This is a GREAT place to visit. A very important historical site.”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

The historical significance of this place is stunning! The first ironworks in America gave the Pilgrims/Puritans access to iron on American shores without having to rely on England. Now they could be much more independent and grow. The very existance of this ironworks is partly responsible for the early growth of America.

The site was very interesting. Working water wheels, working water powered hammer, working fires. They even showed us how nails were made in the blacksmith's shop.

My 7 year old son was so excited about this site and my husband and I enjoyed it too.

Visited July 2012
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