Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
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Learn about the nation's first integrated iron works (1646) in the iron-making plant, the museum collection, the 17th-century Iron Works House, and the reconstructed ironworks complex.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site illustrates the critical role of iron making to 17th-century settlement by serving as a training ground for skilled iron workers for what would become America's iron and steel industry. Seven operating water wheels set reconstructed mills to motion.
Walk the scenic half-mile trail of marsh and woodlands, follow the path along the east bank of the Saugus River from the visitor contact station to the blacksmith shop.
Guided tours are available April-October.
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