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.
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 12, 2014:
Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion brings together 19 artists and arts groups responding to differing visions of ideal urban transportation systems, or proposing their own. Brooklyn and New York City pioneered and were largely shaped by mass transit — from early ferries to modern subways and highways. Exhibiting artists are tackling issues like transit fare hikes, traffic congestion, the presence of “transportation deserts” in underserved neighborhoods, and adaptation to rising sea levels, as well as a the idea of 4th Avenue traffic calming through Emily Weiskopf’s playful median installation.
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: http://zoom.it/YFQx
Jonathan Willens, Chair
Christine Rhee, Treasurer
Alice Marcus Krieg, Secretary
William J. Parry
Marilyn H. Pettit
Michael E. Toth
John C. Muir
Kimberly Maier, Executive Director
Margaret Weber, Director of Education