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Battle of Brooklyn: An Eighteenth-Century American Faire

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August 29th , 11:00am 3:00pm

battle of brooklyn reenactors

Due to forecasted rain, this event has been moved from Saturday, August 28th to Sunday, August 29th. No registration is required for the rain date.

The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood, was the first battle of the American Revolution to occur after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. To honor those who bravely fought to defend the new republic and learn more about their lives and the world they lived in, join us for a family-friendly afternoon with reenactors, demonstrations, music, storytelling, and hands-on activities. Presented with our friends at Old Stone House, you won’t want to miss this exploration of America’s past. 

Space is limited and tickets are required for adult entry. Tickets are not required for children under 12, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. This is an outdoor event, masks are strongly recommended regardless of vaccine status. Please follow directions/instructions from Green-Wood’s staff and ambassadors.

Free, suggested donation $5.

There is no need to register for this event, just arrive at Green-Wood’s Main Entrance and you are welcome to join!

Please consider a donation to Green-Wood so that we can continue to offer free and low cost programs throughout the year!

The event requires attendees to walk over hilly and uneven terrain, proper footwear is recommended.

Schedule of Activities:
(May be subject to change based on rain date)

Activities in the Meadow (Near the Main Entrance):
General Washington Debates a British Officer, 11:00am
Sea Shantie Performance with the Brigands, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Meet Benjamin Franklin , 11:45am
Cannon and Musket Demonstration, 12:00pm, 2:15pm
18th Century Food with the James Hemings Society, 12:15pm
1st Rhode Island Regiment Demonstration, 12:45pm
Performance of The Battle of Brooklyn: A Farce, 1:00pm
Weaving Demonstration with Laura Carpenter, 1:15pm
Cotton and Indigo Demonstration with Iviva Olenik, 1:45pm
Cavalry Demonstration, 2:00pm

Activities on Battle Hill:
Historic Maps with Reenactor Norm Goben, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:25pm
Explore Minerva and the Altar to Liberty, 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm