• Monthly Saturday Speaker Series programs that focus on our nation’s rich military history, including compelling stories of area veterans who have served with distinction
  • Inner courtyard features military-related reenactments and demonstrations during the spring, summer, and fall months
  • Visit the website for an events calendar
  • A mobile exhibit travels to public events and schools to promote the nation’s military history, operating during the spring through fall
  • Requests can be made through the website
  • Gift shop
  • Canteen
  • Restrooms located at main Burlington County Historical Society facility
  • Free

Captain James Lawrence House

459 High Street, Burlington, NJ 08016


Located within the campus of the Burlington County Historical Society, the Captain James Lawrence House (circa 1740) is the family home of the American naval hero of the War of 1812. Born on October 1, 1781, Burlington City’s favorite son was the youngest of eleven children who went on to command the USS Chesapeake in battle against the HMS Shannon. When the Chesapeake was boarded and Lawrence mortally wounded, he gave his famous last command: “Don’t give up the ship!” Today, this is the Navy’s battle cry and the motto of the City of Burlington. A flag featuring the command flies in his honor along Burlington’s Riverfront Promenade.

Through a partnership with the Burlington County Historical Society, the Lawrence House has been transitioned into a military history museum under the leadership of the Armed Forces Heritage Museum (AFHM), a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to "Preserve, Honor, and Educate the public on the military history of New Jersey and the neighboring regions." This museum features exhibits, interactive displays, and video documentaries from military periods that include the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and WWI/WWII. Additionally, there are tributes to NJ Gold Star Mothers/Families and NJ Medal of Honor recipients. There is also a gift shop and coffee canteen. Docents are available to guide visitors through the museum experience free of charge, although donations are requested.


  • Take a guided tour of the Captain James Lawrence House
  • Learn about our nation’s military history through exhibits, interactive displays, and video documentaries from various military periods

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