Welcome to Mercer County, New Jersey! In the heart of the nation’s largest metropolitan area, Mercer County is rich with business, education and research, arts and entertainment, technology and entrepreneurship.
As one of America’s oldest counties, Mercer is steeped in colonial and Revolutionary War history. Historic sites, monuments and buildings are found in every one of our 12 vibrant municipalities, preserved for future generations. Major battles in the Revolutionary War took place across our county, and Trenton contributed greatly to America’s development during the Industrial Revolution.
Imagine! … Just 5 miles from Trenton, New Jersey’s Capital City, George Washington crossed the Delaware on Christmas Day, 1776, changing the course of the war, and today thousands of tourists flock to Mercer County to witness the annual reenactment of that pivotal event.
Days later, Washington won again at Princeton, home of the famous University. Today you can still visit the battlefield at which General Mercer fought his last fight. And at the University’s celebrated Art Museum, visitors can see the splendid portrait of Washington with General Mercer, along with other world class works of art.
For a short period, Princeton served as the nation’s capital, with Congress convening at Nassau Hall, and briefly, Trenton too held the title of U.S. capital and the meeting place of Congress. Today, New Jersey lawmakers convene at the gold-domed State House in Trenton, built in 1790 and the second oldest U.S. state house in continuous use.
In addition to its historic past, Mercer County is flush with recreational opportunities.
From mountain trails to fairways, Mercer County’s 10,000 acres of parkland offers a diverse slate of recreational opportunities. Our indoor tennis center, skating rink, festival grounds, dog parks, ball fields, picnic pavilions and lakes draw more than 2 million people each year.
More than 16,000 acres of farms, forests and meadows across our 12 municipalities have been forever preserved, helping make Mercer County a farm to table community.That farm to table philosophy is embraced by local restaurants, and Mercer County boasts some of the finest and diverse dining establishments in New Jersey.
Entertainment options abound in Mercer County. From our numerous theaters, including the Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College and the renowned McCarter Theatre, to Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder; and Cure Insurance Arena.
From quaint antique shops to lively town squares to high-end malls, Mercer County’s shopping experiences are second to none, and boasting five institutions of higher learning, Mercer County has been home to some of the keenest minds who ever lived.
In Mercer County, any business, large or small, can build a future. Mercer’s proximity to New York and Philadelphia; skilled and educated workforce; and access to Trenton-Mercer Airport, highways and mass transit options including four major train stations and light-rail, are the keys to success.
With so much to see and do, no wonder the New Jersey Governor’s official residence is in Mercer County!
Waves of newcomers are adding new ideas to the chorus of energy that makes Mercer County great. Whether you visit our historic sites, enjoy our parks, take in a show, shop at our retail centers, or study at one of our institutions of higher learning, you will agree that Mercer County has it all.