Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Located midway between Princeton and Trenton, Lawrenceville, is an unincorporated village with historic roots going back to 1697, when the area was founded under the name Maidenhead.
Long since known as Lawrenceville, taking its name from the surrounding Lawrence Township, the village adopted its original Maidenhead name from an English town on the Thames River, about 20 miles from London.
Like much of its surrounding area, Lawrenceville is rich in history and lore, including as a site where George Washington’s troops marched, chasing British troops, after the Battle of Trenton in 1776 and again after the Second Battle of Trenton a year later.
Just outside the township line stands the Battlefield State Park, a National Historic Place, where Washington’s troops battled the British in the Battle of Princeton.
Lawrenceville is home to Lawrenceville School, an elite and highly-selective college preparatory boarding school for students in the ninth through twelfth grades.
Founded in 1819 as the Maidenhead Academy, the Lawrenceville School – located on 700 acres – has historically been a major economic force in the village, an economic influence that has increased as the village has evolved into a commuter village serving employees primarily working in the corporate and educational fields of Lawrence Township, Princeton and Trenton.
In addition to Lawrenceville School, local students are served by the Lawrenceville Elementary School, located in the village, which is one of four elementary schools in the Lawrence Township Public Schools system. Other schools in the township, just outside the village, include Notre Dame High School, St. Ann School, Princeton Junior School, Chapin School, Lawrence Intermediate School, Lawrence Middle School and Lawrence High School.
Despite the commuter nature or many residents, though, a tightly-knit group of local merchants – known as the Lawrenceville Main Street – are active in promoting popular community events including a Music in the Park series, an annual Taste of Lawrenceville festival to promote the area to visitors and an annual Jubilee.
Village residents also find a wide range of recreational opportunities in an extensive park system maintained by Lawrenceville Township, which includes 11 parks and at least 13 fields for softball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse.
Population of the village of Lawrenceville is just under 4,000, which is part of the estimated 31,313 living in the surrounding Lawrenceville Township.
Average home prices in Lawrenceville were $227,000 for 2013, down about 6 percent from the year earlier. Total houses and condos in the village are about 12,246 with an additional 3,391 renter-occupied apartments.
Approximately 30 percent of the village’s housing units are renter-occupied, a bit below the New Jersey state average of 35 percent.