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Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Old Stone House

Revolutionary War Heritage Trail

 
 
The Old Stone House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2010
1. The Old Stone House Marker
Inscription. The Old Stone House, also known as the Vecte-Cortelyou House, was built in 1699 along the Gowanus Road, which skirted a creek of the same name. During the Battle of Brooklyn, on August 27, 1776, approximately 2,000 combined British forces captured the house and began to shell American troops retreating from behind British lines across the creek, towards the American fortifications on Brooklyn Heights. To cover the retreat, 400 soldiers from Maryland and Delaware, led by General William Alexander, also known as Lord Stirling, boldly counterattacked. Six times they advanced on the house, regaining it twice, only to be driven off again.

At battle’s end, General Stirling had been captured, and well over half of his men lay dead or taken prisoner with him. However, their heroism enabled many of their fellow soldiers to reach safety. Washington’s army, though badly battered, remained intact. By all rights, the Revolution should have been over that day. But by a combination of luck, leadership, and the bravery of a few, Washington was able to escape with his army nearly intact, and the Revolution continued.

The Old Stone House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is operated by The Old Stone House of Brooklyn, Inc. and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.
 
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Marker on 5th Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2010
2. Marker on 5th Avenue
New York State.
 
Location. 40° 40.365′ N, 73° 59.008′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south on 5th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Brooklyn (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Old Stone House (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Regiment Burial Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maryland Heroes (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (approx. 0.6 miles away); Major General Gouverneur Kemble Warren (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Marquis de Lafayette (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a picture of the “Old Stone House at Gowanus by Louis Grube, 1846. Used by permission of the Brooklyn Historical Society.” Above this is a picture of “Lord Stirling at the Battle of Long Island, based on a painting by Alonso Chappel, ca. 1900. Used by permission of the Brooklyn Historical Society.”
Brooklyn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2010
3. Brooklyn Marker
The Old Stone House can be seen in the park behind the marker.
Next to this is a map of Brooklyn with the caption “A Plan of the Battle of Brooklyn. This map highlights the approximate location of this historic site.” To the right of these is a portrait of “William Alexander by Otis Bass, c. 1858. Independence National.”
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Old Stone House. (Submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776 at Long Island, New York. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776. (Submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
4. The Battle of Long Island 1776. A British perspective of the battle from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
The Old Stone House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 16, 2010
4. The Old Stone House
Some of the fiercest fighting of the Battle of Brooklyn occurred in the vicinity of this house.
Old Stone House Model image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
5. Old Stone House Model
This dioarama, displayed inside the Stone House, depicts the fighting during the August 27, 1776 battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 953 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 16, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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