Lawrenceville is a city in Georgia, on the outskirts of Metro Atlanta.


Lawrenceville came into being on December 15, 1821 and is the county seat of Gwinnett County, which was formed exactly 3 years prior. Lawrenceville was the second city founded in the greater Atlanta area. The location for the original town square was chosen due to its close proximity to multiple springs. Lawrenceville was named after Captain James Lawrence who was commander of the frigate Chesapeake. During a battle with H. M. S Shannon on June 1, 1813, off the coast near Boston, Massachusetts captain Lawrence was mortally wounded. His dying words were, "Don't give up the ship."

In 1978 Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine, was shot on the Lawrenceville courthouse square allegedly by Joseph Paul Franklin.

Get in

By plane

There is no regular passenger service into Lawrenceville but there is a large general aviation airport that charter flights can fly into. Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field has a 6,000 foot runway with two FBOs supplying both 100LL and Jet-A fuel.

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL) is 40 miles southeast of Lawrenceville in Atlanta. There are several ways to get from Hartsfield-Jackson to Lawrenceville:

By Car

Travel north on Interstate 85 from Atlanta taking exit 106 onto GA-316. Travel east on GA-316 to Highway 20 and turn right.

Get around

More information on transportation in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett can be found at the Gwinnett County government's website.






The City of Lawrenceville's zoning laws designates that establishments that serve alcohol must be primarily restaurants. There are no typical "bars" or "clubs" in Lawrenceville.


Go next

Routes through Lawrenceville

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