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Great place to learn some local history

The park area has a few restored iron-works buildings with many authentic metal working tools used... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Fascinating but...

Fascinating but without a tour, can't really get much out of it, though it's beautiful. Got there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Holly T
New York City, New York
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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...more
244 Central St, Saugus, MA 01906-2188
+1 781-233-0050
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Reviewed 28 June 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...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park area has a few restored iron-works buildings with many authentic metal working tools used for forging at the iron-works, all there for you to look at, touch and pick up. Large waterwheels and furnaces were restored so you can have an authentic sense...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating but without a tour, can't really get much out of it, though it's beautiful. Got there earlier and staff was pleasant and kindly let me in early. Wish there were more informative signs while walking around.

Thank Holly T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I arrived at 3:45 for the house tour. The tour was about the history of preservation of the site and house. The guide was very well informed chalk full of details. There is a site tour around 2:15 (?). With this guide it would be...More

Thank 531cherylg
Reviewed 12 October 2018

This reconstruction of a 1600's iron works is way under-rated. It could use more explanation (you just walk around yourself and don't understand what the machinery does), but it is amazing. Huge waterwheels! Massive tools! It is good to remember that "hi tech" refers to...More

Thank Jean D
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We went there to kill boredom, and it ended up being interesting and enjoyable. Good stories, great restoration work.

Thank TheGeigerJones
Reviewed 10 September 2018

My friend and me took our four kids (two 6 yr olds and two nine year olds) to this site on a whim. We showed up and were first surprised to find that the the entrance fee was free. After speaking to a nice ranger,...More

Thank Edg38
Reviewed 6 September 2018

We were especially impressed with the friendliness of the staff, and the wonderful demonstration of creating a "nail". The grounds are very peaceful, and the displays are both highly interesting and informative. Not to miss!

Thank Karla F
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Very informative tour about the history of iron forged works. The history behind this place was very interesting. They also have working water wheels to show how they managed to make iron. Not very crowded and had a working blacksmith for demonstrations. Worth the visit.

Thank Prudence B
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We visited this place on a June weekend. It is the site of one of the first ironworks in North America. The museum is very informative about the early life and how the ironworks operates. We also took two guided tours by the park ranger,...More

Thank Ming O
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Went when a group of school kids were getting a tour. Oh my... really added a level of information to the whole place. Can't believe this place was basically under water and then brought back to life. I don't think it would have the same...More

Thank Tracy S
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