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Old Stone House: Witness to War
August 25 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Created by noted exhibition designers Carol May & Tim Watkins, is a passionate, interactive, interpretive show exploring the Battle of Brooklyn, the first and largest battle of the American Revolutionary War which culminated around today’s Old Stone House & Washington Park on August 27, 1776, and the choices and actions of 18th century Brooklynites through seven years of British occupation. Developed with historians Patricia Bonomi, Edwin Burrows and Barnet Schecter, as well as consultants Janet Rassweiler and Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier, the exhibit is engaging for families, as well as individuals seeking to explore this history with greater range and depth.
At the exhibit, you can:
- Explore an exciting large-scale digital interactive of the Battle of Brooklyn.
- Strategize over Take the Hill – a hands-on Battle of Brooklyn-inspired 3D board game.
- Heft a cannonball.
- Hear the Declaration of Independence.
- Learn about the heroism of the Maryland 400, and explore stories and pension records of soldiers who fought during the American Revolution.
- Share the stories of your own family history.
- Project yourself into the 18th century through miniatures and dioramas.
- Experience the development of Brooklyn around the Old Stone House, and the rich history of the neighborhood.
The exhibit is divided into ten themed areas, each area has internal spaces – windows into miniature realities that expand upon the story:
1. Old Stone House: Witness to War
2. The Threat of War
3. The Enslaved
4. The British Arrive
5. The American Defense
6. Take the Hill
7. The Battle of Brooklyn
8. The Great Escape
9. Captured and Occupied
10. Old Stone House: Witness to Change
The Old Stone House is open Friday 3-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, or by appointment.