Fueling New England's Iron Age: Food at the Saugus Iron Works

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The Puritans who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 were driven by a commitment to their religious ideals and beliefs. But it was Scottish prisoners of war and other non-Puritans who did the dirty work, building the tools for a new colony as the flow of material goods from England dwindled. In keeping with our Food and Drink of 17th-century Boston theme, we'll discover how workers at the Saugus Iron Works ate, drank, and lived.

On this unique and intimate visit to the Saugus Iron Works, learn the inside story of the first successful industrial site in the United States. You’ll meet the rough-and-tumble laborers who brought industrial technology to New England. The tour includes a hearth cooking demonstration in the forge.

Your tour will be guided by:

  • Curtis White, Lead Ranger, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  • Neil Wright, Industrial Archaeologist, Lincoln, England

This event is part of the Boston Charter Day celebrations as well as the annual Essex County Trails and Sails weekend.

An RSVP is preferred at http://bcd2015saugus.eventbrite.com

About Boston Charter Day

Each year, the Partnership of Historic Bostons commemorates the naming of Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown on September 7, 1630 and holds a series of events to teach the public about early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  The theme for 2015 is Food and Drink of 17th Century Boston.  For a full list of events, please visit http://www.historicbostons.org/whatwedo/schedulebcd2015.html