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Review of Saugus Iron Works

Saugus Iron Works
Ranked #1 of 8 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.
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 the time was Lynn, MA & Winthrop believed the colonies had cheap & abundant supply of raw materials, an iron works in MA could produce good that could be sold profitably in New England & Chesapeake Colonies. Skilled workers were brought over from England to ply their trade at the iron works. A blast furnace for producing pig iron & gray iron (firebacks, pots, pans, kettles & skillets).

The workers from England did not fit with the local Puritan society & often ran afoul of its law. Many were arrested for crimes like drunkenness, adultery, gambling, fighting cursing, not attending church & wearing fine clothes. The less experienced local men who worked at Iron Works met with frequent & sometimes Fatal accidents. After the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, 60 Scottish prisoners of war were sent to the Iron Works to work as servants.

Although the Iron Works produced a respectable quantity of iron, due to the high cost of labor, financial mismanagement which may have included embezzlement, and a number of lawsuits, it seldom operated at a profit. The Iron Works closed around 1670.

Iron Works House – Was built few years after the Iron Works shut down. Only original seventeenth century building at the Saugus Iron Works site. In 1916, Wallace nutting “restored” it.

Thank Cheryl A
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"national historic site"
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"nature trail"
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"blast furnace"
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"junior ranger"
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"making process"
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"wood beams"
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"seventeenth century"
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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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"gift shop"
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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.

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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 history first before reviewing and showing the iron making process. We learnt about the pig iron, cast iron, wrought iron, flax and slag. They even demonstrate nail making which was fun to watch. Iron man house tour was conducted by Park ranger Nick, another fantastic tour. We were the only two on a tour through the House. He showed us how wood beams are dated (dendrochronology-my son understands this term now), and showed us saw cuts in the wood.He really made the entire thing fascinating.
The museum is also nicely done although if you are planning to come to this place, make sure you check website and include both guided tours in your visit.

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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.

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