Preserve & interpret history
Open to the public year-round, OSH features a permanent exhibit exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783. We also host original exhibits connected to Brooklyn’s past and present in our second floor Great Room. We are currently working with scholar-in-residence, Dylan Yeats, Ph.D., on a new project, Breaking Marechkawick, Making Breuckelen, which will enable OSH to share the history of the Lenape dispossession from this site across the organization’s multiple programming areas
Each year, 7,000 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.
Support the community
OSH hosts a rich mix of events for families and adults. These include regular readings by Brooklyn’s young writers, performances by local theater groups, all-ages concerts by local jazz and rock bands and gardening and environmental workshops. In season, we host a farmers market and CSA (community supported agriculture program). There are also bike repair and recycling events during the year.
For neighborhood families, we run after-school, winter break and summer programs.
Our garden spaces offer a natural setting of native plants, creating an outdoor interpretive space and a more healthful environment.
Enhance and advocate for the park
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.