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Saugus, Massachusetts Historical Markers

 
Wide view of Adam Hawkes Marker image, Touch for more information
By J. Makali Bruton
Wide view of Adam Hawkes Marker
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Adam Hawkes 1630-1930
Adam Hawkes, the first white settler in Saugus, built on this site about 1630. President John Adams was his great-grandson. — Map (db m48116) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Appleton's Pulpit 1630-1930
In 1687 Major Appleton of Ipswich made a speech on this rock denouncing the tyranny of the Royal Governor, Sir Edmund Andros. A watch was stationed on the hill to give warning of any approach of the Crown Officers. — Map (db m48112) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Blacksmith Shop
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 . . . — Map (db m86452) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Iron Works 1630-1930
"The Company of Undertakers for the Iron Works," consisting of English gentlemen and colonists, erected a furnace on this site in 1643. Joseph Jenks, their employe, built a forge here in 1647, invented the modern type of scythe, and built Boston's . . . — Map (db m48222) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Making Iron
Ore, charcoal and rock called gabbro for flux were hauled to this site, and a drying fire was started in the furnace. Within a day or two the water wheels and bellows were set in motion, and the “blast”, once begun, would burn . . . — Map (db m86192) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — River Basin Terminus
The discovery of a navigable river at a site which also offered timber and flowing water for power was cause for company investors and site planners to celebrate. Improved roads to this remote area did not exist in the 1600s. Transportation to the . . . — Map (db m86451) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Saugus Korea/Vietnam Memorial
For those who served Korea 1950-1955 Vietnam 1961-1975 — Map (db m97339) WM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Saugus Massachusetts Memorial
This monument was presented to the Town of Saugus by Henry E. Hone, as a memorial to the patriotism of her sons who went forth to battle on land and sea from 1861-1865 for the Preservation of the Union. By their loyalty and . . . — Map (db m97342) WM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Saugus Massachusetts World War I Honor Roll
Dedicated to the men and women of Saugus who served their country in the World War 1917-1918 There are 6 rows of names inscribed, 10 of them have stars, indicating they died in battle. Authorized by town meeting March 1927 Replacing honor roll . . . — Map (db m97337) WM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — Saugus Vietnam Memorial
In honor and memory those from the town of Saugus, Mass. who gave their lives in the service of their country in the Vietnam Conflict Cpl. Michael A, DeProfio PFC Richard D. Devine, Jr. Sp/4 Stanley J. Egan PFC Richard D. Devine Jr. Memorial — Map (db m97338) WM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — The Casting House
A furnace at full blast kept founders preparing to receive up to a ton of molten liquid iron. Crucible contents were checked frequently and slag impurities that float on top of the heavier molten iron were removed. All preparations had to be . . . — Map (db m86454) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — The Forge
At the forge, porous and brittle cast iron was changed into tough, strong, flexible wrought iron. To the sounds of four water wheels turning, the bellows flapping, and the ground-shaking thump of the power hammer, men toiled to make wrought-iron . . . — Map (db m86349) HM
Massachusetts (Essex County), Saugus — The Scotch House 1630-1930
Erected in 1650 or 1651 by The Undertakers of the Iron Works in Lynn (Saugus) to house Scotch prisoners captured by Cromwell at the Battle of Dunbar and sold into seven years' service in New England as indentured servants. — Map (db m50198) HM

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