5. Prospect Park
Along East Drive in Prospect Park, visitors will find a series of bronze plaques dedicated to American efforts during the battle. The location of the plaques denotes the line of defense the Americans put up along the ridgeline that extends from today’s Green-Wood Cemetery, through Prospect Park to Mount Prospect Park. One of the points of entry along this defense line was Flatbush Pass, a path between rugged hills on today’s East Drive. This spot is marked by a small rock on the ground on the west side of East Drive known as Battle Pass Rock. Dedicated in 1929, the plaque’s inscription says that it marks the spot where the old Porte Road or Valley Grove Road intersected with the line of hills separating Flatbush from Gowanus.
Other monuments inside Prospect Park to the Revolutionary War include the Dongan Oak Monument, a monument designed by Stanford White to the Maryland 400, and one for the Marquis de Lafayette, the French nobleman who brought over much-needed soldiers and leadership during the war.
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