Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pieter Claesen Wyckoﬀ House
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
The house was built along Canarsie Lane, which linked the settlement of Canarsie with Kings Highway. During the Revolutionary War, Pieter and Grietje’s great-great grandson, Peter A. Wyckoff, and his wife, Heyltie Remsen lived here with three small children and several slaves.
The Wyckoff house is an excellent example of Dutch Colonial vernacular style with its H-frame structure, shingled walls, split Dutch doors, and deep, flared “spring” eaves. Today, it is one of the few surviving examples of the many hundreds of such buildings that dotted the landscape of Kings County when British and American forces clashed in the Battle of Brooklyn on August 27, 1776.
The Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is operated by the Wyckoff House & Association, and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.
Erected by New York State.
Location. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn NY 11203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canarsie Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Dutch Reformed Church of Flatlands (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Kings Highway (approx. 1.7 miles away); Robert J Crawford (approx. 1.7 miles away); Thomas F Norton (approx. 1.7 miles away); Floyd Bennett Post # 1060 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Father Kehoe Triangle (approx. 1.9 miles away); John J. Fraser (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. An old photo of the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House appears on the right side of the marker. Photo is from the Eugene Arbruster Collection, courtesy of Lee Rosenzweig. The bottom left of the marker features a picture of soldiers from the Continental Army. Picture Collection, the Branch Libraries, the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Next to this is a map showing A Plan of the Battle of Brooklyn. This map highlights the appropriate location of this historic site.
Also see . . .
1. The Wyckoff House & Association.
2. The Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776 at Long Island, New York. The American Revolutionary War website.
3. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776.
4. The Battle of Long Island 1776. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,834 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.