Old Stone House, Brooklyn
The Battle of Brooklyn was fought in Brooklyn between August 22 and August 27, 1776. The Battle of Brooklyn (also known as Battle of Long Island) was the first engagement of the army of England and the army of the United States of America. It was the largest battle of the War for Independence. The exhibit at the Old Stone House tells the story of that crucial battle and of the heroic acts by the Americans involved.
The Old Stone House, also known as the Vechte-Cortelyou House, is a replica of a Dutch stone farmhouse with a very rich history. The original house was built by Claes Arentson Vechte, a Dutch immigrant, beside the Gowanus Creek in 1699. Its two-foot thick wall of fieldstone and brick and its heavily shuttered windows protected the family. The Vechtes prospered, farming the rich bottomland beneath the Heights of Guam (the hills of Park Slope), harvesting oysters in the Gowanus Creek (now the Gowanus Canal), and ferrying -produce to market in Manhattan. At that time, this area was in the village of Gowanus within the old Town of Breukelen.