The Battle of Brooklyn Tour
Time & Location
About The Event
This is a commemorative tour and experience to honor and remember a series of pivotal events during the Battle of Brooklyn August 27-29, 1776, which ended up being the largest battle of the American Revolution. The Americans miraculously endured a surprise attack by a huge British military force which enabled them to continue striving for freedom.
Cost: Walking tour portion is free with suggested $3 for admission to the Old Stone House where there are several exhibits included one about the Battle of Brooklyn. For the East River Ferry ride from Brooklyn to Wall Street the fare is $2.75.
After our visit to the Old Stone House, we'll follow the route of retreat taken by the American troops who eventually met up with General Washington at today's Fulton Ferry Landing by the Brooklyn Bridge, where 9,000 Americans escaped to Manhattan by crossing the river at night.
Please review the itinerary below:
3:00 - 3:30pm: Visit to the Old Stone House. "The Old Stone House," (Vechte-Cortelyou House) originally a family farm built in 1699, was the location of a critical delaying action and battle by brave troops from Maryland that allowed the American army to retreat to the area we call Fulton Ferry (by the Brooklyn Bridge).
3:30 pm - 5:30pm: Casual guided walk through the Brooklyn Neighborhoods of Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. We'll have a rest room break at Barnes and Noble on Court Street, downtown Brooklyn.
5:33 or 5:53pm: Short ferry ride to Wall Street in honor of the Americans pivotal retreat from Brooklyn to Manhattan to evade capture.
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Brief stroll through the Financial District stopping at important historic sites.
6:30pm -7:00pm: Optional celebratory toast at Fraunces Tavern, a building originally constructed in the year 1719 that later served as the first headquarters of the American Government, a meeting place for the Sons of the Revolution, and where George Washington held his farewell dinner with his officers in 1783 after the successful end of the America Revolution.
For people interested in attending the annual Battle of Brooklyn event at Greenwood Cemetery, it will be on Sunday, Aug. 25th from 11am to 2pm. Link below: