From Battleground to Park

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Fort Greene: History + Architecture/From Battleground to Park
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Fort Greene was listed as a small yet mighty historical district in 1983. The area with the most history is perhaps Fort Green Park. According to the National Register Report for Fort Greene, the 1776 Battle of Long Island was fought here, which left over 11K dead. This battlefield turned park also featured a fort used during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, constructed by General Nathaniel Greene (Fort Greene's namesake).

According to Empire Guides, this battlefield was designated Brooklyn’s first public park in 1847 and was later formatted by Olmstead and Vaux in 1867. The most prominent feature of this park is the “Central Prison Ship Martyrs Monument,” designed in the early twentieth century. This memorial honors the American soldiers kept as British prisoners of war in ships stationed along the East River.

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Fort Greene: History + Architecture

From Battleground to Park

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