Old Stone House Historic Center

Address: 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY

Latitude: 40.6730420

Longitude: -73.9838310

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Categories: Attraction

Tags: Family, Tourist-free


A reconstruction of an 18th-century farm house that played a key role in the first battle of the Revolutionary War, the Old Stone House today offers a variety of programs that offer rich insights into the Battle of Brooklyn and life in the Revolutionary War era. The permanent display includes historic maps and a richly detailed model of the battle, as well as various memorabilia and historic commentaries. In the warm months, a wide range of events, from colonial cook-outs to school-based programs to re-enactments, take place, mostly on weekends. Check theoldstonehouse.org or phone (718) 768-3195 for up-to-date information.

The Battle of Brooklyn was, in fact, the first major engagement of the Revolutionary War, the first in which forces from several different colonies fought together against the British army, and the first in which Washington acted as commander in chief. In this case, he was completely outflanked by the redcoats and survived only through a brilliantly executed retreat across the East River, up Manhattan, and eventually to Valley Forge. Here's a welcome reminder that the war took place here, as well.

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