"The Cradle of American Industry" Saugus by grandmaR

Saugus Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 18 photos

The NPS has developed an Educational program in conjunction with various National Historic Sites called "Exploring the Real Thing".

Target Audience Grades 1-8

Class Size 28 students
1:10 chaperone to student ratio


Availability Available mid-September through October and April through mid-June. Summer programs available by reservation.

Accessibility The program is wheelchair accessible with advanced notice. Call the site for further information.

Food Student groups can bring lunches and eat outdoors at picnic tables or on the grass.

Restrooms Wheelchair accessible Restrooms are available.

...Students visit the blast furnace with its twin 18-foot bellows where they learn about the process of turning raw material (iron ore) into pig iron (cast iron). Students then visit the forge with its 500-pound trip hammer to find out how pig iron was strengthened to create wrought iron suitable for wholesale distribution. Finally, students go to the rolling and slitting mill where they find out how large bars of wrought iron were heated and put through rollers to create a product for sale to blacksmiths. The program culminates with a blacksmith demonstration that allows students to see the process of turning iron into everyday objects like nails. Each site is powered by waterwheels...

  • Last visit to Saugus: Jul 1970
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jun 2, 2005 at 6:00 PM

    Every time I visit a page about a town or city in Massachusetts I get even more homesick. Thanks for posting some information on a town I knew nothing about.


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