Annual Meeting

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2016 Annual Meeting

February 21, 2016
Lawrence High School



The Name Was Changed to Protect the Innocent:
How Maidenhead Became Lawrence in 1816

Presenter:  Dennis Waters,  Lawrence Township Historian
Special Guest: John Gore, Director of Alumni Relations, The Lawrenceville School

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the changing of our town's name from Maidenhead to Lawrence. The program at the annual meeting of the Lawrence Historical Society will tell the story of the change, including:

  • How we got named Maidenhead in the first place
  • The man behind the change, Rev. Isaac van Arsdale Brown, who founded The Lawrenceville School
  • Why Lawrence rather than something else?
  • How the town was politically divided over the question
The lecture will be proceeded by a brief business meeting and followed by the annual Lawrence Township birthday cake.

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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