October Is Lawrence History Month

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2015 18:48 Written by Administrator Sunday, 26 September 2010 21:49

Lawrence Township's namesake, Navy Capt. James Lawrence was born on October 1, 1781 and to commemorate his birthday, October is officially recognized as Lawrence History Month.

This year, LHS and other groups are presenting a host of events that celebrate our town's history and it's involvement in New Jersey History.

We hope you can join us for the following events.  Please click on an event to see more information.

October 3, 10:00am-noon  Tours of the 1761 Brearley House, Meadow Road  Stop by and see Lawrence's Georgian Gem, nestled in the Great Meadow that made Lawrence an attractive location for farmers to settle in the 1600s.

October 11, 2:00pm  The Rise & Fall of Prohibition in Lawrence Township, Mary Tanner Lecture, Rider University  Dr. Brooke Hunter, Rider University

October 15, 7:00pm  Native American Indians of Central New Jersey, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, Mercer County Library System  Jim Wade, expert in Native American cultures, will present a lecture on the tribes that called Mercer County home.  Co-sponsored by Friends of the Lawrence Library.

October 17, 3:00pm  From Assunpink to Stony Brook: The Story of the Streams of Lawrence Township Lawrence Headquarters Branch, Mercer County Library System  Township Historian Dennis Waters will reprise his talk about the streams that shape the Lawrence landscape.

October 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm  Brearley House Tours featuring the unveiling of new Lawrence history panels inside the house.

October 24, 10:00am  Tour in the Tracks of the Trolley Bus Tour featuring Township Historian Dennis Waters and Janet Bickal.  The all-day tour is limited to 18 people, please use our contact us form to check availability.

October 28, 11:30am  Brearley House Tours - join us for a special weekday lunch hour tour of the 1761 Brearley House.

After October, we have plenty of other events on tap, including our annual Hogmanay bonfire.  See our events list for more information.


NJ 350 Articles

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:17 Written by Administrator Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:31

New Jersey is 350 in 2014

The State of New Jersey is celebrating 350 years in 2014.  As part of this celebration, The Lawrence Historical Society has published a set of seven articles about Lawrence history.  In addition to appearing in this space, printed copies will be made available at society events and public buildings in the township.  The 2014 articles are marked NEW below.  The articles toward the bottom of the list are reprints of a set done in 1964 as part of the New Jersey 300 celebration.  These articles were made possible through a grant from the Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission.

NEW! Lewisville Road and African American History

NEW! Pole Farm: When Lawrence Was A Transatlantic Communications Hub

NEW! 300 Years of History Along Route 206

NEW! How Lawrence Township Became a Suburb

NEW!  Lawrence Township Street Names

NEW!  Federal City Road

NEW!  Prohibition Enforcement In Lawrence Township

The Lawrenceville School: Highlights of a Century and a Half

Maidenhead: The Early Days

Lawrence Township Minute Records: Yesterday and Today

Lawrence Township Revolutionary Highlights

The Smith Homesteads

Town Hall: Past-Present-Future


Lawrence Township Revisited

Lawrence Township Revisited coverLawrence Historical Society's new book, Lawrence Township Revisited, is now available.  Part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, the book contains over 200 photographs illustrating the past 150 years of township history.  A wide variety of subjects are covered in the book, including schools, businesses and neighborhoods.  A must-have for all history buffs, Lawrence Township Revisited also makes a great gift.  All profits from the book will support Lawrence Historical Society's programs and upkeep of the Brearley House and Port Mercer Canal House.


Order your copy today and help support Lawrence Historical Society.  Copies can be purchased at the Brearley House for $22 each or you may select to have your copy mailed to you.  To place a mail order, select the number of copies you wish to order from the drop-down below and click buy now.  If you don't have a PayPal account, you can check out as a guest by clicking the Don't Have a PayPal Account link on the check-out screen.  Shipping and tax included.


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October is Lawrence History Month, see our events list to the left!

November 15 and December 20 - 2:00pm-4:00pm  Brearley House Tours

December 31 - 6:00pm-8:00pm Hogmanay Bonfire, Brearley House








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