Saugus Iron Works Hosts Free Iron-Castings
SAUGUS – Park rangers at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site are hosting several activity-filled days in anticipation of this year’s Founder’s Day celebration. The highlight of each day’s planned events is a cast iron forging demonstration, taking visitors straight back to colonial times ahead of the September 10th celebration of the town’s rich colonial history.
Visitors will have the opportunity to watch rangers pour hot liquid pewter into molds to make figurines of early Puritan settlers, even casting a figurine to bring home! Youngsters will also have the opportunity to earn a junior ranger badge.
Casting activities will take place on August 12th, 13th, 14th, 26th, 27th and 28th from 11 am to 2 pm. The park is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Visitors are encourage to bring a lawn chair, picnic lunch, and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the reconstructed iron works for the day. Sit by the banks of the Saugus River, tour the 1600’s iron works house, and participate in additional hands-on activities available through out the day.
The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is operated by the National Park Service on the archaelogical site of a three-hundred year old iron-making factory. Operating from 1646 to 1670, European iron makers brought their skilled young craftsman to the Massachusetts colony where they forged iron tools and created the foundation of the major American industry.
The site consists of three-hundred year old artifacts, buildings reconstructed in the 1950s on the footprints of the original 17th-century buildings, including waterwheels, and mill machinery, and the 17th century Iron Works House.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/sair or call 781-233-0050.