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    Saugus Ironworks

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 25, 2005

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    Mill at Saugus Ironworks 1970

    Saugus Ironworks is a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service. This was where America's iron and steel industries began.

    Accordingthe the NPS website, it was the first integrated ironworks in North America, 1646-1668. It includes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling mill, and a restored seventeenth century house.

    I took my older girls here in the summer of 1970 (over 300 years later) and they enjoyed seeing the demonstrations and the water wheel in operation

    Operating Hours & Seasons

    April 1 through October 31, daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. November 1- March 31, daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

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    Saugus Iron Works

    by Avryle Written Sep 18, 2005
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    Saugus is the site of the first ironworks in North America, in operation from 1646-1668. It includes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling mill, and a restored seventeenth century house.

    Reconstruction was based off archaeological and documentary evidence and there are demonstrations by costumed docents.

    It's a great place to visit for people interested in history or archaeology.

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    Colonial Nails

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 2, 2005
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    While we were there, they did a demonstration of making nails. I seem to remember that they could make them by hand, or in the slitting mill. I tried to take a picture of the sparks flying from the blast furnace with its twin 18-foot bellows. Of course it was too dark to see anything except the fire and sparks. The guides explained how they turned raw material (iron ore) into pig iron (cast iron).

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