Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

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The forge

The state of Massachusetts is home to many National Historic Sites. After our earlier visit today to Salem Maritime National Historic Site, see previous web entry, we headed to the village of Saugus, 16 kilometers (10 mils) northeast of Boston to visit the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

Saugus Iron works was founded by the Puritans that lived in this area in the 1600s. They did not want to be dependent of Britain's metal industry, so they founded this iron works which comprised a blast furnace, a forge, a rolling mill, a shear, a slitter, and a quarter-ton drop hammer. For more info see hereThe iron works were powered by the Saugus River via seven large waterwheels.

 

The iron works were quite a success and at some time the largest in the US. They operated between 1646 and 1668. After the iron works were shut down they fell in disrepair. But, fortunately the National Park Service adopted them and fully restored the site to its former grandeur. Nowadays the most important buildings, as well as an original 17th century home, which was built a few years after the Iron Works shut down, are all there again and accessible. A small but interesting museum is on site too.

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The forge
The forge
The blast furnace
The blast furnace
The forge
The forge
One of the seven water wheels that…
One of the seven water wheels tha…
The forge
The forge
The HUGE blasts for the furnace
The HUGE blasts for the furnace
Saugus
photo by: mdalamers