Apparently there is a National Historic Site within 10 minutes of our apartment, the Saugus Iron Works. It lies on the Saugus River, just off of Route 1. Since the likelihood of having weather as nice as it was today before next Spring is slim, we figured it was a good time to check it out. Being free made it even easier.
There were some pretty well maintained grounds with impressive tools and bellows and waterwheels and the like. The crucible capable of smelting five tons in one go is pretty impressive. Even more so considering it was built in the 1640s.
It was a great place to poke around with the camera, and Amy wants to go back some time for a picnic. Here are some of the photos.