Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site located in Saugus, Massachusetts, gives visitors a glimpse into 17th-century industry. The Saugus Iron Works was the first integrated ironworks in North America and commenced operation in 1646. The historical implications of this site are notable; the ironworks laid the technological foundations for the giant machines that would become synonymous with America’s industrial age. Serving as a center of innovation and education, early skilled ironworkers who trained at Saugus developed techniques that would remain essential centuries later when America became the world leader in steel production. The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site features a reconstructed iron works facility, a museum, and a beautiful nature trail. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

This site preserves the history and essence of a bustling ironworks from the early Massachusetts Bay Colony. Visitors can inspect the technology that was used to form the foundations of the American iron industry as well as learn about the lives and stories of workers and their families. Self-paced digital tour experiences are available seven days per week. The Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site has an activity for every visitor, including a nature trail and museum. 

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How To Get To Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

From Springfield, take Interstate 90 Eastbound to Exit 134 toward Interstate 93 Northbound. After about 2 miles, take Exit 19 toward U.S. Route 1. Follow U.S. Route 1 for 8 miles, and take Exit 43 for Walnut Street. Take a right onto Walnut Street, and drive 2.3 miles to Central Street. Take a right on Central Street, and drive for 1.1 miles. Follow Central Street’s sharp left turn, and the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site will be on the left. 

From Boston, take U.S. Route 1 northbound for about 10 miles, and then, take the Main Street exit toward Saugus. Follow Main Street for 0.8 miles until reaching a traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the third exit onto Central Street heading north. The park will be on the right in 0.3 miles. 

The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is open 24 hours per day year-round and is best visited when the weather is mild. The site is large and is rarely crowded.


244 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is a must-see for any traveler interested in the history of American industry. Located in the middle of one of the United States’ most historically significant areas, the park is a great stop on a historical sightseeing tour of the early American colonies. An RV trip is a great way to experience the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site and gives visitors the freedom to visit any site of historical significance they choose.