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THE BUZZ: History-buffs gear up for Battle of Brooklyn Week

Brooklyn never forgets.

This month, Brooklynites across the borough will raise their hats and flags for Battle of Brooklyn Week, a seven-day event commemorating the 238th anniversary of the American Revolution, part of which was fought right here in Brooklyn in 1776.

The annual event will run from Sunday, August 17 through Sunday, August 24 and will once again span the lengths of land where the American Revolution left its mark in Brooklyn. Historic locations include the Old Stone House, Washington Park, and Green-Wood Cemetery, among others.

Battle of Brooklyn Week will kick off and end at Green-Wood Cemetery, starting on August 17 with an all-day display of 85 Revolutionary War flags and their history, and ending with totally free, family-friendly afternoon at the Battle of Brooklyn commemoration on Sunday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s a really great event that commemorates the battle itself, and what happened there,” said Chelsea Dowell, manager of programs and membership at Green-Wood, referring to the afternoon’s trolley tours, military skirmish, well-dressed re-enactors and memorial ceremony. “This battle was the first one fought after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and, unfortunately, a lot of people sort of forget about it.”

“It’s really great that we have so much Revolutionary War history here in Brooklyn, and in Green-Wood,” she went on. “The commemoration and the week are just really fun and then we get to take a serious turn, highlight the battle, and honor our veterans.”

Green-Wood’s closing commemoration on August 24 will be followed by a special performance by Double Entendre Old & New at 4 p.m. at the Old Stone House (336 Third Street). The group will explore double reed music from the 17th century through the present day. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Other opening day events include a 10-mile race and relay through Prospect Park, an Evergreens Cemetery Walking Tour and the ever-popular Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony where residents and observers gather at the Michael A. Rawley Post (Eighth Street at Third Avenue) for a reading of the names of the Marylander 4500, followed with a march to the Old Stone House and Washington Park.

Other notable events include the Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk on Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, August 23 at 4 p.m. Led by Old Stone House Board Member William J. Parry, residents will get an up close and personal look at their own backyard for just $12 per person.

Also on Saturday, history-buffs can enjoy Scavenger Battle – a free and interactive scavenger hunt at the Brooklyn Navy Yard at BLDG 92 (63 Flushing Avenue) – from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by Revolutionary Brooklyn/Revolutionary Fare, a tasting of colonial-inspired dishes by Brooklyn’s top restaurants. Lovers of the past, and food, can get in on the colonial cocktails, pig roast, and more for just $45 in advance, or $50 at the door.

For more information on Battle of Brooklyn Week, a full schedule, or to get your tickets, visit

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