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  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
    Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
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  • Cows at the Hilltop
    Cows at the Hilltop
    by KarenandCory
  • The complex
    The complex
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Saugus Things to Do

  • Saugus Iron Works

    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...

  • Saugus Ironworks

    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...

  • Colonial Nails

    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...


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Saugus Restaurants

  • Kowloon

    Kowloon's is a huge mult-concept chinese/ Cantonese, Szechuan, Sushi, Polynesian Thai restaurant on Rt. 1 in Saugus. There is also a Comedy Connection featuring acts such as Frank Santos the R-rated hypnotist.

  • The Place for Steak

    The Hilltop has been here for over 40 years, staying in the restaurant business that long can only mean one of 2 things: 1) The food is really good, 2) The owners are crazy.It's a great place to get a steak. Filet Mignon

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  • National Park Service

    I don't remember going to this store, but most National Park Service sites have stores like this one, which is also available on-line. Items on the website include: Ironworks on the Saugus $14.95This book is a history of the Lynn and Braintree ventures of the Company of Undertakers of the Ironworks in New England and of making of iron in America...

  • old fashioned butcher shop/ grocery...

    The Hilltop Butcher Shop is a delight. The prices are cheap. There's a little produce department, the vegetables look really fresh. The butcher shop area is cold like a meat locker, and there's any kind of steak/ meat you are looking for. You can also buy Hilltop sauces and dressings.The bake shop has quality packaged goods. I worked in a...

  • Quality, Comfort and Price...that's...

    There's a local rivalry between furniture stores in Massachusetts. Jordan's Furniture provides a Disneyland-like atmosphere but their furniture is just not as good as Bernie & Phyl's. Bernie & Phyl's is unpretentious and has good quality furniture.Bernie & Phyl’s has been listed as one of the “Top 100 U.S. Furniture Stores” by Furniture/Today for...


Saugus Warnings and Dangers

  • Wild "Mad Cows" terrorize unsuspecting

    Along the backroads of Saugus, miles from the hustle and bustle, there's a gang of wild vicious cows that roam the countryside. Make noise while hiking, to let the cows know you are in the area. If surprised, they are known to attack. If you are unlucky enough to stumble upon a cow and her calf, stretch your arms out to make yourself look bigger...

  • No Tresspassing

    This was a sign on one of the levees alongside of the mill. I don't know exactly why it was posted as 'no tresspassing', but it might have been to keep people from wearing down the levee, or to avoid them falling off into the marsh on either side of it.You can see how choked with vegetation the area is (there was a dock nearby this point), and you...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Saugus Tourist Traps

  • KarenandCory's Profile Photo

    by KarenandCory Written Aug 25, 2005

    Route 1 in Saugus is a strip of wonderfully tacky stores and restaurants. It's totally honky tonk but there are great places to eat such as the Hilltop Steakhouse, with it's herd of cows and giant cactus.

    Lots of shopping.

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  • Water

    The Saugus Iron Mill is located along the banks of the Saugus River. When we were there, the area where ships would have docked was choked with plants, but one of the main reasons that this mill was located here was that the river could provide power. The mill wheels are still operational, but now the NPS notes that there are over two hundred...

  • Historic House on a Historic Site

    This restored seventeenth century house was the home of the Iron Works manager. It is an original house, whereas the rest of the mill is a reconstruction.I know that we toured this house when we were at the Iron Works, but I think it was too dark for us to take any photos inside. I'm pretty sure that this house is not handicapped accessible, but...

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