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October Is Lawrence History Month

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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.

October 16, 2:00pm-4:00pm 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 17, 7:00pm  Aldo Leopold Lecture featuring Dr. Dan Druckenbrod, Rider University.  Sponsored by Garden Gate Garden Club.  Lawrence Senior Center, 30 E. Darrah Lane.

A past Mary Tanner Lecturer, Dr. Dan Druckenbrod, has continued his research into Aldo Leopold and his local connection to Lawrenceville and the surrounding area. Before Aldo Leopold became an author, educator, ecologist, philosopher and environmentalist, he attended The Lawrenceville School from 1904-1905. Leopold's observations and insights about the surrounding landscape while at school started him on his way to seeing the natural world "as a community to which we belong". Dr. Druckenbrod teaches Environmental Sciences at Rider University.

October 20, 7:00pm  D&R Canal Lecture featuring Linda J. Barth, Canal Author and Historian, Co-sponsored by Lawrence Historical Society and Friends of the Lawrence Library.  Lawrence Headquarters Branch, Mercer County Library System, 2751 Brunswick Pike.

“Did you know that for more than 170 years, the Delaware and Raritan Canal has meandered across the narrow waist of New Jersey? Did you know that the D&R was one of our nation’s most successful towpath canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866 than the more famous Erie Canal? Did you know that Johnson & Johnson, Roebling, and Fleischmann’s Distillery all had their start along the D&R? And did you know that the canal provides the people of central New Jersey with both a water supply and a premier recreational facility?” Linda J. Barth is a popular author and historian. For more information visit

October 30, 2:00pm  Port Mercer Canal House Wayside Sign Unveiling at Port Mercer Canal House, 4278 Quakerbridge Road.

November 6, 2:00pm  13th Annual Mary Tanner Lecture featuring Ian Burrow, Archaeologist & Cultural Resource Management.  "Three Houses, Three Thousand Years: Archaeological Discoveries at the Brearley House."  Rider University, Sweigart Auditorium.

The Lawrence Historical Society’s Mary Tanner Lecturer for 2016 is Dr. Ian Burrow. He will discuss archaeology at the Brearley House. Using artifacts and other discoveries from the dig involving hundreds of Lawrence Middle School students, he will trace 3,000 years of local history. Dr. Burrow’s report is supported by a grant to Lawrence Township from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. Dr. Burrow was Vice President of Hunter Research Inc. for 27 years and currently runs BurrowIntoHistory, LLC. Dr. Burrow was the 2015 recipient of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Richard J. Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Knowledge and Preservation of New Jersey History.

After October, we have plenty of other events on tap, including our annual Hogmanay bonfire.  Join us at the Brearley House on December 31 at 6:00pm as we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 October 2016 20:29

NJ 350 Articles

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New Jersey 350

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.

Lewisville Road and African American History

Pole Farm: When Lawrence Was A Transatlantic Communications Hub

300 Years of History Along Route 206

How Lawrence Township Became a Suburb

Lawrence Township Street Names

Federal City Road

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


Last Updated on Sunday, 04 September 2016 00:47

Lawrence Township Revisited

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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!

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Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

December 31, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm  Hogmanay Bonfire

Join us for our New Year's Eve tradition, fun for the whole family.