Marine Park and Older than Brooklyn
A short walking tour from Marine Park past two historic Brooklyn homesteads and a Desert Storm monument
Marine Park is Brooklyn’s largest, covering 798 acres. In addition to being a regular city park with sports fields, playgrounds and green space, Marine Park is home to 530 acres of marsh land that is protected as a Forever Wild preserve. At the core is the Salt Marsh Nature Center, which opened on Earth Day in 2000. The preserved area helps maintain the region’s ecosystem. The Nature Center serves as a hub for this offering public education, recreational activities, environmental studies, exhibits, various maps and brochures, tours and many special events. It’s gets additional support from the non-profit, Salt Marsh Nature Center Alliance, which is a predominantly volunteer-based organization that provides environmental education.
The Hendrick I. Lott House is a Dutch-American colonial era house located in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The house is very well preserved and has remained largely unchanged since its construction in 1800 by Hendrick I. Lott. It has 18 rooms and is one of the oldest surviving colonial farmhouses in New York City. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation owns the house and it is operated by the Hendrick I. House Preservation Association. The house is also a member of Historic House Trust of New York City.
The monument to Desert Storm veteran Major Eugene McCarthy (USMC) is marked with a broken stone in a bed of broken rocks. The artist designed the memorial to symbolize the experience of battle, love of country, and the lives broken by war.
The Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead was built around the year 1766 in what is today Brooklyn, New York. The property consists of a Dutch farmhouse and barn. The rectangular farmhouse is a story and a half tall, and it is one of the only remaining Dutch farmhouses left in New York City, leaving with us an example of what Dutch colonial farmhouse architecture was like. The house was named a landmark site by the city of New York in 1968, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.