Before moving to NYC, I lived in Boston for 8 years, most of which were in Charlestown, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Boston. I prided myself that I lived ON the hill that the Battle of Bunker Hill took place on – ok, yes, it is also in the same hood that “Town” was filmed in. It wasn’t until a little while ago that I learned I now live on another battleground – the Battle of Brooklyn – and interestingly enough, this battle took place shortly after we the US signed the Declaration of Independence where as the Battle of Bunker Hill took place almost a year before.
The Old Stone House, located in Park Slope and a mainstay to the Battle of Brooklyn, is a reconstructed 1699 Dutch farmhouse that is now a museum and a repository to this breadth of Brooklyn history.
It’s a cute little cottage in the middle of a park, and centralized enough among some great bars and restaurants – and most of all – it’s free. It’s a terrific little jaunt for everyone of all ages, a tried-and-true place to learn a bit about Brooklyn and American history.