The Old Stone House, a Historic House Trust of New York City site, commemorates the Vechte-Cortelyou House’s unique place in Brooklyn and American history. Through exhibits, programs and events, we preserve the House’s rich past while contributing to Brooklyn’s contemporary cultural community.

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The House As Education Resource
Each year, 6,000 students visit the Old Stone House to learn about the Battle of Brooklyn and colonial life. Our programs blend primary source documents, hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning to create an enriching experience for New York’s school children.

The garden spaces at the Old Stone House and our neighboring middle school, MS 51 offer a natural setting of native and useful plants, creating an outdoor interpretive space and a more healthful environment. This is beneficial for the community as a whole — absorbing carbon dioxide, providing exercise, pleasing the senses, offering educational opportunities and encouraging community involvement.

The House As Museum
Open to the public year-round, OSH features a historic interpretive center with a permanent exhibit about the Battle of Brooklyn. We also host original exhibits connected to Brooklyn’s past and present in our second floor Great Room.

On View through January 4, 2015:  Common Ground Gowanus

Common Ground Gowanus – an exhibit curated by Abby Graf Subak, Director, Arts Gowanus, in conjunction with the Gowanus Open Studios 2014 — features work by Denise Amses, Sasha Chavchavadze, Chris Cosma, Ellen Driscoll, Karen Gibbons, Arlan Huang Nene Humphrey, Joanne McFarland and Dale Williams.  All of these artists have worked and/or lived in Gowanus for the past two decades.  The show will be up through January 4 in OSH’s Great Room, on Fridays from 4-6 pm, or by appointment.

The House as Park Advocate

The Old Stone House is situated at the center of Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground, a 3.5 acre recreation site. We are devoted to supporting the Friends of Washington Park, and developing programming that enriches the site.  Our beautiful playground has separate playspaces for toddlers, elementary and middle-school aged children.   Take a peek at this view by photographer Hugh Crawford:

OSH Board:
Alice Marcus Krieg, Chair
Jonathan Willens, Treasurer
Christine Rhee, Secretary

Stacey Bosworth
Peter Joseph
Cathleen Game Leff
Elisabeth Martin, AIA
Joseph McCarthy
Andrew McKey
William J. Parry
Nancy Rosenberg

Michael Armstrong
Joseph Ferris
John C. Muir
Marilyn H. Pettit, PhD

Ex Officio
Martin Maher
Franklin Vagnone

OSH Staff
Kimberly Maier, Executive Director
Margaret Weber, Director of Education