• Museum and houses open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Children’s history center open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Library open Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Guided tours
  • Group tour packages
  • Educational programming and special events
  • Research library
  • Interactive children’s exhibit
  • Partially ADA accessible
  • Restroom
  • Off-street parking
  • $5
  • Members 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 is the birthplace 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.

The Burlington County Historical Society’s campus spans a city block between High Street and Lawrence Street. The campus is comprised of four buildings, the Bard How House, home to an interactive children’s exhibit, the James Fenimore Cooper House, the birthplace of the author of The Last of the Mohicans, the Captain James Lawrence House, and the Corson Poley Center which serves as a museum and library. The Captain James Lawrence house features period furnishings and a toy collection.


  • Take a guided tour of the Captain James Lawrence as well as the Cooper House and Bard-How House
  • Visit the museum and tour its galleries or explore its collections and archives
  • Walk along the scenic Riverfront Promenade frequented by concerts and events

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