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Aldo Leopold's Big Woods

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Dr. Daniel Druckenbrod of Rider University has published an article on Aldo Leopold's Big Woods.  Dr. Druckenbrod presented his research as the Mary Tanner Lecturer in 2014 and has repeated the presentation for various groups in Lawrence Township.  The Big Woods are near Rider University and were the subject of research for Leopold while the future naturalist was a student at The Lawrenceville School in the early 20th century.  A good portion of the woods is still forestland and LHS is currently planning a walking tour of the woods, possibly as early as this spring.  Check this page for a date announcement.  In the meantime, you can read Dr. Druckenbrod's article on the New Jersey Studies website.


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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Brearley House Tours

March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2 - Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm

March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17 - Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Annual Meeting

February 25, 2:00pm

Lawrence High School

In 1882 Lawrence lost half its population when Millham, the South Lawrence neighborhood on the Trenton border, seceded to form its own township. Millham’s declaration of independence capped several decades of dynamic growth that was largely ignored by the North Lawrence farmers who ran the township. Today Millham is part of Trenton’s North Ward.  Join us to learn how this thriving industrial neighborhood came into being and how Lawrence lost control of it. Dennis Waters has volunteered as Lawrence Township Historian since 2006, and has presenteda lecture on local history at the annual meeng of the Lawrence Historical Society since 2010.