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Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
In eastern Massachusetts, in Saugus
This open-air park along the Saugus River is the site of the first integrated ironworks in North America. In use from 1646 to 1668, the iron works complex still houses the reconstructed blast furnace, a forge, a rolling mill, a blacksmith shop, and a restored 17th-century dwelling. The museum, which sits beside the river, has working waterwheels and machinery. The park was authorized on April 5, 1968.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring museum, historic house, and site; viewing film; walking nature trail. Facilities: Visitor center, museum, movie, guided and self-guided tours, hiking trail. Book and map sales. Programs & Events: Ranger-led tours (Apr.-Oct.), evening concerts and movies (July-Aug.), Saugus Founders Day (Sept.), Hammersmith Christmas Stroll (Dec). Tips & Hints: Plan to spend two hours. Busiest June-Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FEES & HOURS
Free. Site open Apr.-Oct., daily 9-5, Nov.-Mar, daily 9-4.
HOW TO GET THERE
20 minutes (10 mi) south of Salem and 20 minutes (10 mi) north of Boston via 1-95 or U.S. 1 to Exit 43-Walnut St. (drive east toward the town of Lynn and follow signs to park), or via U.S. 1 to Main St. Saugus exit. Closest airport: Boston (10 mi).
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site (244 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906, tel. 781/233-0050, fax 781/231-7345).
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