Green-Wood Cemetery honors Battle of Brooklyn’s 245th anniversary with revolutionary event

August 13, 2021

Battle of Brooklyn reenactment in Green-Wood Cemetery; Photo by Allison Meier on Flickr

The first major battle to take place during the Revolutionary War after the United States declared independence took place in Brooklyn on August 27, 1776. During the Battle of Brooklyn, fighting took place across the borough, including throughout present-day Prospect Park, Fulton Ferry Landing, and Green-Wood Cemetery. To commemorate the 245th anniversary of the historic struggle, Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a family-friendly event this month with Revolutionary War reenactors, music, demonstrations, and other activities.

Taking place at Green-Wood on Saturday, August 28, the event is being hosted in partnership with the Old Stone House. Formerly known as the Vechte-Cortelyou House, the Old Stone House was where the Maryland 400 regiment made two attacks against thousands of British troops, allowing for the other troops to retreat.

While the British declared victory in the Battle of Brooklyn, the event led George Washington to create a new strategy that would eventually lead to the win for Independence.

Green-Wood’s Battle of Brooklyn event includes historical reenactments, sea shanty singing lessons, a guided walking tour up Battle Hill, demonstrations about colonial living, and more.

“Green-Wood is proud to again remember the crucial role Brooklyn played in the birth of our nation. We come together to honor the American heroes who fought so valiantly 245 years ago,” Richard Moylan, President of Green-Wood Cemetery, said.

The event is free and open to all ages. Tickets for adults are required, but not for children under 12 years old. Four time slots are available on Saturday: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Masks are recommended.

Register for the event and consider making a $5 donation to Green-Wood here.


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