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The house was held by an estimated British and hired Hessian soldiers, who turned it into an artillery position. From the house, they fired on the Americans, who had suffered disastrous losses and were fleeing for their lives to the safety of American forts across the Gowanus Creek. Against this stronghold, some of the Maryland Brigade threw themselves in six attacks, regained the house twice, but, ultimately, were repulsed.

Nevertheless, it was their valor, witnessed by General Washington and his troops, that hardened the resolve of the American Army. That day, close to three quarters of the brave Marylanders made the ultimate sacrifice. Like other local farmers, he faced harsh conditions under the British occupation. Upon his death in , the farm was willed to his grandson, Nicholas R. Cowenhoven, a minor at the time who probably did not live there. In Cowenhoven sold the house to Jacques Cortelyou, who purchased it for the use of his newly married son, Peter.

After the death of his wife, Jacques Cortelyou sold the property to Edwin Litchfield, a railroad developer, in The house remained standing another forty years. It was occupied by an African-American caretaker, then used as a clubhouse for a skating club in the winter and a baseball club in the summer. When street grading raised the level of Fourth and Fifth Avenues, only the second story of the house was above ground level. In the exposed part of the house was razed in a public demonstration of military technology and then buried.

The Brooklyn Parks Department acquired the site in and excavated the house in Reconstruction of the building was completed in using the original stones. However, the new park house was turned 90 degrees and placed a few feet further west and sixteen feet higher than the original farmhouse. The house underwent restoration in the s and the s. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. Atlas Obscura and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyse our traffic.

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The restored kitchen, with an impressive grandfather clock. Streetview gives a sense of how delightfully out of place the house feels among its current neighbors.

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