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Saugus Iron Works

244 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906-2188
+1 781-233-0050
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Showed Early American Industry

This park tells the story of the first iron works in North America with rebuilt buildings based on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kathleen H
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Holland Patent, New York
Kindness!

We are grandparents from CA on our annual May visit to see our grandchildren and were assigned to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
pilikiax2
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San Francisco, California
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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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244 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906-2188
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+1 781-233-0050
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"national historic site"
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"nature trail"
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"making process"
in 4 reviews
"blast furnace"
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"junior ranger"
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"wood beams"
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"seventeenth century"
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"ranger led tour"
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"park ranger"
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"new england"
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"better understanding"
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"few hours"
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"great history"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This park tells the story of the first iron works in North America with rebuilt buildings based on extensive archaeological research. This was all done so well that it gave me a good idea of how the iron works worked. It made me appreciate how...More

Thank Kathleen H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are grandparents from CA on our annual May visit to see our grandchildren and were assigned to get the older grandchild, Harley, a home schooled 6 year old, out of her mother’s hair for a few hours. We were also told that this child...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

The site is significant because this is where Saugus set up his first Iron Foundry along the river in the US. The displays were very informative. It gave me a better understanding of the founding of this country and the industries that brought fortune to...More

Thank Susan M
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

This visit was last on our 5 day vacation to the area and sure glad we didn't miss it. The early iron making process was certainly a process that required much patience as well as strong men. The ranger we had took us through the...More

Thank Phillip W
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Another FREE National Park. You can tour the House & Industrial Site. There's a museum about the Iron Work, Hike the Nature Trail & take in the sites. Founded by John Winthrop in Saugus, MA & in operation from 1646 to 1670. The area at...More

Thank Cheryl A
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

great history at this place, very good staff, they explain everything perfectly about being the first iron works in the country.

Thank Randi D
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

We went this afternoon and did two guided tours. The rangers are fabulous and knowledgable. Park ranger Peter gave us the incredibly captivating industrial site tour. He kept it interactive and my son thoroughly enjoyed answering his questions and taking pictures. They go over the...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Took our grandson and very impressed with facility. Run by the National Park Service and well worth a visit if in the area. Not far from Boston. Rangers do a very good job conducting tours. Beautiful grounds and interesting.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Wonderful visit to the Iron works last week, staff were pleasant and very helpful. Granddaughter became a jr ranger and was so excited and can't wait to go back.

Thank traveler638
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

I wouldn't go out of my way to visit the site, but if you're in the immediate vicinity, then it's worth a stop. There are a few buildings on site with exhibits, but the visitor center itself only has a gift shop.

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