Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

photo of Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
244 Central Street
Saugus, MA 01906

Explore the birthplace of the American iron and steel industry at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site - a reconstruction of the first successful, integrated iron works in the New World. On April 5th, 1968 the site was designated Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site and became part of the National Park System because of its significance to the character, development and history of the United States. 

In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened.  Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. This nine-acre National Park includes working waterwheels, hot forges, mills, an historic 17th century home and a lush river basin. Walk the scenic one-half mile nature trail consisting of marsh and woodland trails. Follow the path from the visitor contact station to the blacksmith shop and down along the east bank of the Saugus River. The Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site also features a museum and gift shop. 


Seasonal. Open May – October, 9am – 5pm. Please call of visit website for more information.


All park facilities, tours and programs are free to the public. Special events, demonstrations or special park uses may require a fee. Please contact the park prior to your visit to make arrangements for groups of more than six people.

Driving Directions: 

From I-95/Route 128, take exit 43 (Walnut Street) in Lynnfield. Follow brown National Park Service signs 3.8 miles to the Saugus Iron Works. From Route 1 North, take Main Street exit (Saugus) and follow signs through Saugus Center to parking lot. From Route 1 South, take the Walnut Street exit East and follow National Park Service signs for 1.5 miles to parking lot

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, in addition to giving information about the Iron Works, it also provides general information about the Essex National Heritage Area.


  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking
  • Restroom


  • First Period Architecture
  • Historic Resources
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Parks
  • Industrial Theme Trail
  • Museums
  • Visitor Centers
  • Scenic Vistas

Property Owner/Organization: 

National Park Service