Beginnings of Lawrenceville
Economy and Development
The early residents of Lawrenceville used to farm with cotton or benefit from the cotton industry and the Lawrenceville Manufacturing Company was the first cotton factory in town.
The rural economy was also fueled by lumber, corn, livestock, and brick manufacturing.
Unfortunately, the Lawrenceville Manufacturing Company burned down during the Civil War, but another one was built in its place.
In the early 1800s pests, boll weevils destroyed a large part of the cotton crops, which caused the cotton prices to plummet and the dairy farm industry to start developing.
The railroad was also constructed in the late 1800s and made it possible to transport people and freight from the eastern seaboard, establishing the city of Lawrenceville as a valuable transportation hub.