The Old Stone House 40.673° N -73.9846° W

Description

The Old Stone House Building is a reconstruction of the 1699 Vechte-Cortelyou House. Located in Washington Park, on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus in Brooklyn, it marks the place where the original Dutch farmstead stood and the culminating engagement of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn took place. It also commemorates the birthplace of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is a Historic House Trust of New York City site, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our school programs connect Brooklyn’s past and present through child-centered learning in an intimate setting. Students discover the 17th and 18th centuries through real life experiences and hands-on activities at the Old Stone House & Washington Park.

Our education programs encourage student inquiry, accommodate a variety of learning styles and support learning in accordance with these New York State Standards for Social Studies:
New York State & U.S. History
Geography
Civics, Citizenship & Government


Lunch Notes

Outdoor lunch space is available in Washington Park, weather permitting. No indoor lunch space onsite.

Bathroom Notes

Bathrooms available outdoors in Washington Park

Info

336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

+1 718-768-3195

education@theoldstonehouse.org

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Subjects
History, Revolutionary War, 17th Century, 18th Century, Social Studies, Government & Civics, Economics, Geography, Visual Arts, Leadership, Media/Film, Native Americans, Ecosystems, Life Sciences, Animals, Sustainability, Colonial Times, Agriculture, Slavery, African American History, Nutrition
Activities
Virtual Field Trip, Digital Resource, Field Trip, Live Virtual Event
Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult, K, Postsecondary
Cost
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Marechkwarick

90 minutes
Grades 3-6, Indoors
For hundreds of years, the rich lands along the banks of the Gowanus Creek were home to a large settlement of the Lenape people that was called Marechkawick. The low lying tidal estuary provided a bounty of fish, oysters, tobacco and corn, birds, turtles, beavers and muskrats.
What did the Gowanus look like then? How has it changed through industrialization? What actions can we take to help to clean and restore it to its former bounty?

Subjects Covered

native americans, ecosystems, life sciences, animals, sustainability

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6
Capacity
32 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Work and Play in 1699

90 minutes
Grades K-2, Indoors
Explore daily life from long ago. Try out traditional crafts and toys! After an an interactive discussion about food preservation, textile production, and other typical household chores, students rotate through play stations that highlight wool production, weaving and traditional European and African games.

Subjects Covered

colonial times, 18th century

Grades
1, 2, k
Capacity
32 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Household Crafts in 1699

90 minutes
Grades 3-8, Indoors
An intimate slice of daily life in Brooklyn in the 1700’s. How did age, gender and race inform your role in the home? How did family life differ from our routines in the 21st Century?
Classes divide into small groups, with each group trying their hand at one traditional household craft. Activities include wool production and weaving, sewing and candle making.

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, 17th century, nutrition, agriculture, social studies

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
32 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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The Battle of Brooklyn 1776

90 minutes
Grades 4-7 Indoors
OSH was the site of the culmination of the Battle of Brooklyn on August 27, 1776. When the battle ended, Brooklyn and its environs were occupied by British forces until November 1783.
After an interactive chat about the causes of the revolution and its effect on the local community, students work in small groups to create their own strategy for defending Brooklyn from General Howe and the British army.

Subjects Covered

history, revolutionary war, 18th century

Grades
4, 7
Capacity
32 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Searching for Freedom: African American Heroes of the Revolution

90 Minutes
Grades 4-8, Indoors
The American Revolution began with the ratification of the Declaration of Independence in the summer of 1776. But the majority of those who signed it were slaveholders. Once the British took control of New York City, they offered freedom to some, but not to those enslaved by Loyalists. Slavery was central to the economy of all 13 colonies and remained legal in New York State until 1827.
Explore the stories of individuals who began the struggle for civil rights in the mid 1700’s. Each of them had left behind a rich legacy as an early abolitionist. Students work collaboratively within small groups to retell these biographical stories.

Subjects Covered

history, revolutionary war, slavery, 18th century, african american history

Grades
3, 4, 5, 7
Capacity
32 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Traditional Medicinals

90 minutes
Grades 1-4, outdoors
October 1-November 15
April 30-June 15
Plants and garden spaces were at the center of daily life for the Lenape people as well as European and African settlers of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
While touring our historic gardens, students learn about plants used in food, fragrance, textile dyes and medicine. Some are native to the Americas. Others were imported by settlers from faraway places.
Then we learn ways to identify common plants in the gardens through size, shape and other characteristics. At the end of the program, we sample some refreshing herbal tea.

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, life sciences, agriculture, social studies, sustainability

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
32 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Primary and Secondary Source Documents of the Revolutionary Era

Examine Brooklyn in the 17th and 18th Century through the voices of those who lived it! From Dutch explorers to patriot generals to early abolitionists, students have the opportunity to interact with original texts and develop critical thinking as they learn to interpret maps, periodicals, broadsides and journals.

Subjects Covered

history, colonial times, revolutionary war, 17th century, 18th century

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
32 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Virtual Field Trip

Digital Resource

Live Virtual Event