Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site (NRIS 66000047)
Off U.S. 1,
Massachusetts. County/parish: Essex.
Park name: Saugus Iron Works.
6 contributing buildings.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
October 15, 1966.
Also known as:
- Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
- Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is a National Historic Site about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of Downtown Boston in Saugus, Massachusetts. It is the site of the first integrated ironworks in North America, founded by John Winthrop the Younger and in operation between 1646 and approximately 1670. It includes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling mill, shear, slitter and a quarter-ton drop hammer.
The facility is powered by seven large waterwheels, some of which are rigged to work in tandem with huge wooden gears connecting them. It has a wharf to load the iron onto ocean-going vessels, as well as a large, restored 17th-century house. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/66000047