The Old Stone House
3. Park Slope, now known for its brownstone homes and well-off families, was once the location of the biggest battles in the Revolutionary War. On August 27, 1776, the British Army and German Hessian mercenaries outsmarted the revolutionaries, who were overwhelmed from attacks in multiple directions during the Battle of Brooklyn. As George Washington and his troops retreated to Manhattan, the 1st Maryland Regiment made their last stand in front of the "Old Stone House," a colonial farmhouse that was located in present-day Park Slope. Hundreds of Marylanders died, but Washington was able to successfully retreat with his army.
That "Old Stone House" stood in its original form until its eventual destruction around 1897, but it was later reconstructed in the 1930s with some original materials. Now, the Stone House serves as a small museum, where visitors can learn about the location's history, including the Battle of Brooklyn. The house, located at 336 Third Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, is open for visits on the weekend, or by appointment. —CULTURE TRIP