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Saugus Historical Commission

Saugus Historical Commission  


The Saugus Historical Commission was established under Section 8d
of Chapter 40 
of the Massachusetts General Laws. 
It is the official Town body responsible for the identification of properties
and sites of historical significance in Saugus.  The historical commission
is the principal advisor to the Town on matters of historic preservation.
The Commission is a 7 member board appointed to 3 year terms by the
Town Manager, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen. 
The present board consists of:

Stephen Carlson, Chairman   
(617) 242­-5680 

Marilyn Carlson, Vice-Chairman
Stephen Rich, Clerk
Natalie Agreste, Melita Davis, Jean Swanson


Plans for a Park at Round Hill in Saugus
ROUND HILL is conical in shape, rising very steep and abrupt, 125 or 150 feet high
and 600 feet long.  On its apex is a small area of table land, where there is a view
of the meandering Saugus River at its feet and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
Round Hill has associations with the Native American occupation of the Saugus area. 
It is a local landmark known for its views of the surrounding area
and its incorporation into the Saugus Town Seal.
Native American use of local stone in tool manufacture is well documented.
There is a ledge of jasper stone located at the foot of the hill.   

The Saugus Historical Commission is developing a park at Round Hill
to call attention to the town’s extensive Native American history. 

A rendering shows granite bollards to prevent vehicles from intruding into the space,
a handicapped accessible path, benches, and a sign detailing the history of the area.


Saugus boasts deep Native American roots and Round Hill is one of many locations where
artifacts have been recovered. 
First settled in 1629, Saugus is the Native American name for
“great” or “extended.” The area that once included Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Reading, Swampscott,
 and Wakefield was presided over by a sachem, a man considered a king by Native Americans.

Featured on the town seal is Montowampate, the sachem of Saugus, holding a bow in one hand
and an arrow in the other.  Behind him is the historic site of Round Hill, with a spruce tree growing
Today, Round Hill is a wooded area that rises behind the Public Safety complex.  According
to town historians, the site was once a sacred meeting place for Montowampate and his braves.

 Nearby residents will be kept in the loop while the project moves forward. 


The Saugus Historical Commission has been working for several years
to preserve this historic Saugus landmark behind the public safety building. 
A magnificent cast iron fence that was once located at the family
business Keystone Battery at the corner of Central & Winter Streets,
was donated by Ruth Yanofsky Backer.   
The restoration of the fence by Cassidy Brothers Forge
was funded by a Town Meeting appropriation. 
Unveiled during the May 2014 groundbreaking, it is ready to be
installed by Cassidy Brothers along the Round Hill St, edge of the site. 

An interpretive sign was funded by a matching grant
from the Essex National Heritage Commission. 
It is finished and ready for installation by Mystic Scenic Studios.  


The site was surveyed and staked by David Dwyer of Otte & Dwyer,
who volunteered his time and expertise to the project.  
Richard Salvo, of Engineering Alliance has completed
the cost estimate and final design at no cost to the town.  
The commission expects to begin grading and leveling
as soon as the ground has thawed and the remainder of
the work will be completed throughout the spring months.
The DPW along with masonry contractor, Michael Grella, who
volunteered his services, will do the form work for the concrete
walk and pad, including preparation of the location
where the Bicentennial time capsule will be buried. 

The Town DPW and a contractor will work to install an irrigation
system for the landscaped areas of the site.  The final grading
and seeding of the grass area will then be completed. 
The tree committee will be donating a very unique tree to the site. 
Additional landscaping will be added.  Two local landscapers
have submitted project designs to the commission.

Except for the funds used in the fence restoration all work
is being funded by contributions and grants. 
Where possible, in-kind services are being donated rather than purchased. 

The commission would like to thank all individuals, organizations,
and businesses which have already assisted in this project - and
the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen for their support. 
A formal dedication is planned for September including
town officials, invited guests, and the public.
The dedication will include a Native American Program.

 Any further contributions to complete the project can be made to
the Saugus Historical Commission c/o Round Hill Restoration
298 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906

For further information, please contact Steve Carlson,
Saugus Historical Commission chairman,
(617) 242-5680 or  


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