Hammersmith ironworks in Saugus

Hammersmith aka Saugus iron works (NPS)

Settled in 1629, incorporated as Saugus in 1631, the town’s name changed to Lynn in 1637. From the original settlement were formed Reading (1644), Lynnfield (1782), Saugus (1815), Swampscott (1852), and Nahant (1853).


Lynn Museum & Historical Society, 590 Washington Street, Lynn. The library archive has been deposited within the Phillips Library collection of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus. Controversies over the failed iron works, known as Hammersmith, are suggested in 1692. Restored 1680s home, 17th century garden, re-created millworks, and archaeological finds in museum.


Lynn Public Library, 5 North Common Street. The Reference department holdings include Lynn history and genealogy materials. Digital Heritage collection.

Online Books & Records

Centennial memorial of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts by James R. Newhall (1876)

Century of Puritanism, and a century of its opposites by Parsons Cooke (1855)

History of Lynn, Essex county, Massachusetts: including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscott, and Nahant by Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall (1865)

Inscriptions from the Old Burying Ground, Lynn, Mass. by John T. Moulton (1886)

Lin: or, Notable people and notable things in the early history of Lynn, the Third plantation of Massachusetts colony by James R. Newhall (1890)

Vital records of Lynn, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849 Volume 1: Births; Volume 2: Marriages & Deaths