John Winthrop Jr. Iron Blast Furnace

The son of Massachusetts’ governor and one of the principal founders of Connecticut, John Winthrop, Jr. operated the first iron smelting furnace in the British colonies, one of the earliest industrial ventures in America (1645). You can view the excavated remains of the furnace, read about its history, and see artist’s renderings of the furnace in full operation.


61 Crescent Street, Quincy, MA 02169