The Lawrence School
Lawrenceville is home to one of the oldest and most elite boarding schools in the country: The Lawrenceville School. Founded in 1810 as the Maidenhead Academy, The Lawrenceville School has educated leaders and political figures for 200 years. Using a special “house system” like many Ivy League colleges, the school is renowned worldwide for its curricular achievements and academic successes. Today, it houses 800 students in grades 9 through 12 on a 700-acre campus south side of town, just across Main Street. An 18-acre area of the campus has also been designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.
Mercer County Park
Along the northern border of Lawrenceville, something very special awaits all those with an interest in the outdoors: Mercer Park. The park, which stretches from Lawrenceville all the way to bordering Hamilton and West Windsor, encompasses more than 2,500 acres of open land and space reserved for mountain biking, cross country, fishing, hiking, jogging, along with 17 athletic fields, 24 tennis courts, and a dog park. The park also includes Mercer Lake, an area where locals and guests are invited to fish and boat and ice skate in the winter. It features miles of trails that provide year-round recreational activities for residents of all ages.
Scenic rolling hills and a transit center are not the only things Lawrenceville shares with nearby Princeton. The two towns also share campuses of Rider University. Founded in 1865, Rider is a private, coeducational university based on two distinct campuses totaling 280 acres in Lawrenceville and Princeton. Thanks to the location of Rider, residents of Lawrenceville are able to appreciate a robust offering of cultural events staged by the college and a number of other cultural institutions, including the university library, athletic fields, world-class Alumni Gym and Bronc swimming & diving program at the Maurer Center.