AAA Editor Notes
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is at 244 Central St. The Saugus ironworks began in 1646 with an English investment totaling more than $165,000 by present standards. Its success gave the New World its first sustained production of cast and wrought iron and launched the American iron and steel industry. The national historic site has a reconstructed blast furnace, working water wheels, a forge, and a rolling and slitting mill. The museum displays artifacts uncovered in excavation, including early ironworks products and a 500-pound hammer used in the original forge.
A video is shown, and blacksmith demonstrations are presented. The 17th-century Iron Works House contains Early American furnishings and exhibits.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted.
Daily 9-5, May-Oct.