Battle of Brooklyn: The Meaning of Freedom

Sun Aug 27, 2023
11:00am to 3:00pm ET
Age: All
Price: FREE
Green-Wood Cemetery

Commemorate The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood Cemetery during this family-friendly afternoon event that includes a parade up to Battle Hill.

Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Take a tour through the “First Oval Office Project,” a replica of George Washington’s marquee tent used between 1778 and 1783. The real one is on view at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but you can walk into an exact reproduction and talk with expert costumed interpreters from the museum at Green-Wood!
  • See flags from the many militias and regiments that fought in the battle, do a flag scavenger hunt, and make your own flag to represent what freedom means to you.
  • Play like it's 1776. The Wyckoff House Museum presents Dutch toys and games (brought over from the Netherlands).
  • Meet living historians representing the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, known for being the first military unit composed primarily of Black American and Native Americans soldiers.
  • Learn about one of the war’s only female soldiers, Deborah Sampson, from historian and expert, Judith Kalaora.
  • Learn from living historians of the New-York Historical Society about the wares of NYC merchants of 1776—and taste some eighteenth century treats.
  • Grab a seat under the oak tree and listen to acclaimed storyteller Jonathan Kruk tell tales of the era, accompanied by musician Linda Russell.
  • Make and wear your own tricorn hat with educators from the Center for Brooklyn History (CBH).
  • Learn about the battle through a replica of the legendary Ratzer Map (co-owned by Green-Wood and CBH), which was held by a British soldier who fought in the battle.
  • Grab a battle flag and march to Battle Hill, led by fife and drum, for a special ceremony commemorating the battle.

Advance registration/ticketing is recommended.

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