New Castle is the county seat.
Nestled between Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Erie, Lawrence County is a short drive from just about anywhere and offers a great quality of life. With nearly a dozen business parks, it features significant cost and location advantages to companies that are expanding or relocating. Its scenic landscapes and low housing costs offer a comfortable and affordable way of living.
Founded in 1849, Lawrence County has a rich history that still resonates today. The North Hill District in the county seat of New Castle was once home to wealthy tin moguls of the 1800s. Many of their exquisite Victorian-style mansions are now home to businesses, and to this day, some still serve as residences. Outdoor enthusiasts prize its whitewater rafting, fishing, biking and hiking afforded by miles of water and trails. Acres of public game lands abound with wildlife, from game birds to whitetail deer.From pottery to performing, the arts can be found everywhere in Lawrence County. The New Castle Playhouse features well-regarded amateur performances, while the Pittsburgh Symphony in the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral. For a hands-on experience, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts offers more than 80 workshops and the Celebrity Series at Westminster College showcases national and international entertainers.
The Amish Countryside near Volant and New Wilmington offers a glimpse at a life that has changed little since the 16th century. Remember to share the road with their buggies.
Two nationally recognized companies are credited with making New Castle the “Fireworks Capital of America” – Zambelli Fireworks Internationale and Pyrotecnico, both of which got their start in Lawrence County in the mid-1800s, which was once the largest producer of fireworks in the world.