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Saugus in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Blacksmith Shop

 
 
Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 1, 2015
1. Blacksmith Shop Marker
Inscription. A ringing anvil and glowing forge were signals that the blacksmith was working. The skill, stamina, and strength of the blacksmith played an important role in constructing machinery and maintaining the ironworkers' equipment. Using simple tools and muscle-powered bellows, a good “smith” could bend, weld, twist, and punch the tough wrought iron. Although steel was not made here at the ironworks, it was imported for the smith's use and valued for the hardness it provided to much-needed edged tools.

Sources for iron tools and hardware were sometimes unreliable. Some early settlers that had learned their trades as cutlers or gunsmiths adapted their skills to meet the more general demands of their neighbors. To these and other blacksmiths, and their customers from the surrounding communities, a local source of iron was important. These skilled tradesmen fashioned a wide variety of utilitarian objects for family, farm and industry.

Captions:
These 17th century iron artifacts were uncovered during the six years of excavation and reconstruction work. They are part of the large collection displayed in the museum.

replica andiron
replica saw

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 28.159′ 
Blacksmith Shop Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 1, 2015
2. Blacksmith Shop Marker
The blacksmith shop is behind the marker.
N, 71° 0.412′ W. Marker is in Saugus, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Street. Click for map. The marker is at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site on the path to the blacksmith shop. Marker is in this post office area: Saugus MA 01906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); River Basin Terminus (within shouting distance of this marker); The Casting House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Making Iron (about 400 feet away); Iron Works (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); Appleton's Pulpit (approx. ¼ mile away); Saugus Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saugus Massachusetts World War I Honor Roll (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saugus.
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
A National Park Service employee working in the blacksmith shop. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 1, 2015
3. A National Park Service employee working in the blacksmith shop.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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