Historical Markers in
Kings County, New York

12-Inch Naval Gun, Mark V, Model 8 12-Pounder “Napoleons”, Model of 1857 (Reproductions) 13-inch Seacoast Mortar, Pattern 1861 133 Clinton Street 155 - 157 - 159 Willow Street 1883 New York Harbor 1883 The City of Brooklyn 1916 Easter Rising Memorial Marker Admiral George Dewey U.S.N. African American Heroes of the American Revolution Alexander Skene Memorial Altar to Liberty American Elm An 18th Century Well Anderson Family Tomb Arthur Miller Artillery of the American Revolution Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution Atlantes Figures, circa 1899 Battle Hill Billion Oyster Project Community Reef Site: Brooklyn Bridge Park Birth Place of Jennie Jerome Bldg 92 Brookland Ferry Landing Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall Brooklyn City Railroad Company Building Brooklyn Civic Center Brooklyn Heights Brooklyn Heights / Downtown Brooklyn Brooklyn Heights Historic District Brooklyn Municipal Building Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Brooklyn War Memorial Burial Site of Cornelius Heeney Canarsie Veterans Memorial Canarsie Veterans Memorial Carroll Street Bridge Christopher Columbus Church of the Saviour Civil War Soldiers’ Monument Clinton Hill Historic District Cobble Hill Historic District Cobble Hill Historic District Cornelius Heeney Defenders of the Union Denyse’s Ferry – Gravesend Bay Did you know? Dock 72 Donald Cook Square Dutch Reformed Church of Flatlands Eagle Warehouse Eastern White Pine Ebbets Field Edmonds Playground Edward Robinson Squibb English Elm Ethel Waters European Beech Evacuation Site – Fulton Landing F. D. N. Y. Father Kehoe Triangle Feuchtwanger Stable First Resistance to British Arms in NY Flatbush Town Hall Floyd Bennett Post # 1060 Fort Greene Historic District Fort Greene Historic District Fort Greene Park Fort Hamilton Fort Hamilton Officers’ Club Fort Hamilton World War I Memorial Fort Stirling Four Chimneys Four Pairs of Pegasus Figures, 1934 Fowler Fulton Street Pier Garden Place General Robert E. Lee Gene's Tree Giovanni da Verrazano Governor DeWitt Clinton Gravesend Gravesend Gravesend Cemetery Gravesend Veterans Memorial Greek American Veterans Green-Wood Cemetery Gates Hendrick I. Lott House Henry Bergh-Monument Henry Miller Henry Ward Beecher High Water Mark Historic Chapel Historic Marker of Battle Pass History in the Park History in the Park History in the Park Honeylocust Howard’s Inn – Evergreen Cemetery Huntington’s Regiment Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish WWII Memorial Inspiratio per exemplum – Inspiration through example Ionic Capital and Column Base, circa 1901 Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Monument James T Stranahan Jane's Carousel John Brooks Henderson John Cashmore John Fitzgerald Kennedy John J. Carty Park John J. Carty Park John J. Fraser John Paul Jones June 1975 Kirkman Lofts Korean War Irish Memorial Korean War Veterans Plaza Lady Moody Square Line of Defense Lituanica London Plane Louis Valentine Jr. Ballfield / Carroll Park Lt. Kenneth E Aimee M1857 12 Pounder Napoleon Main Brooklyn Post Office Major General Gouverneur Kemble Warren Manhattan North of the Bridge to Canal Street Marianne Moore Marine Major Eugene McCarthy Maritcha R. Lyons Park Martense Lane Rock Maryland Heroes Maryland Monument Maryland Regiment Burial Site McDonald McDonald Playground MetroTech / Downtown Brooklyn MetroTech / Downtown Brooklyn Meucci Triangle Mickey Kairey Garden Milestone Park Narrows Overlook – Fort Hamilton Necassius De Sille House New Utrecht Cemetery New Utrecht Liberty Pole New Utrecht Reformed Church New York City Airliner Disaster Nine Keystones, circa 1924 / "Night", circa 1910 No. 1 Front Street Conversion Old Stone House On July 4, 1776 Osage-orange Our Drummer Boy Parkville Veterans Memorial Pat Auleta Steeplechase Pier Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House Pilaster Capitals, 1898 Plaque, circa 1885 Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims PO Jeff Herman Ballfield Ponkiesberg Fortification Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Private William J. Hennessy Memorial Projectiles for U.S. 20-inch Rodman Gun Red Lion Inn Replica of the Statue of Liberty, circa 1900 Revolutionary War Cemetery Richard N. Wright Robert J Crawford Rockaway Footpath Samuel F. B. Morse Schlomo Benyaminov Seeing Into Tomorrow Sheepshead Bay Veterans Memorial Shirley Chisholm Circle Shirley Chisholm Park Site of the Dongan Oak Soldiers and Sailors World War I Monument Spanish 24-Pounder St. Cyril's of Turau Cathedral Stanley A. Bosworth The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Brooklyn The Battle of Long Island The Brooklyn Bridge The Brooklyn Historical Society The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance and Tribute Walk The Builders of the Bridge The Caponier The Cyclone The Delaware Regiment The Dover Patrol The Freedom Tree The Green-Wood Cemetery The Green-Wood Cemetery The History of the Hoyt Street Garden The Hoyt Street Garden The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden The Kings Highway The Marquis de Lafayette The Old Stone House The Shirley A. Chisholm New York State Office Building Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Thomas F Norton Thomas Wolfe Tree Dedication for Medal of Honor Recipients Triumph on Battle Hill United States Post Office Van Ness-Parsons Family Tomb W.H. Auden Walt Whitman Washington A. Roebling What is a redoubt anyway? Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America William Jay Gaynor William Moir Smith Wonder Wheel Wyckoff Bennett Mont House Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead "Civic Virtue" “The Greeter” / John Coleman / George Catlin
The oldest standing lighthouse in New York State is the Montauk Point Lighthouse, which was completed in 1796 and is located on the eastern tip of Long Island. It is also the fourth-oldest active lighthouse in the United States.
Kings County, located in the state of New York, has a rich and diverse history that spans centuries. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Lenape, the area was explored by European settlers in the early 17th century. The Dutch were the first to establish a settlement, known as Breuckelen, in 1634. The English took control of the region in 1664, changing the name to Brooklyn.

During the American Revolutionary War, Kings County played a significant role as a strategic location for both British and American forces. The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in August 1776, resulted in a victory for the British and a subsequent occupation of the area for the remainder of the war. After the war, Brooklyn grew rapidly as a result of its close proximity to Manhattan and the expanding transportation infrastructure.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Kings County witnessed significant population growth and urban development. The completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 improved access between Brooklyn and Manhattan, leading to a surge in population and industrialization. The borough became a major center for industry, manufacturing, and immigration. Immigrants from all over the world, particularly from Eastern Europe and Ireland, settled in Brooklyn, contributing to its cultural diversity.

In 1898, Brooklyn, along with several other surrounding municipalities, was consolidated into the newly formed City of Greater New York, becoming a borough of the city. Throughout the 20th century, Brooklyn continued to evolve, experiencing various ups and downs. It faced economic challenges, racial tensions, and urban decay, but also witnessed periods of revitalization and cultural renaissance. Today, Kings County is a vibrant cultural and economic hub, known for its diverse neighborhoods, thriving arts scene, and iconic landmarks.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Kings County, New York.

  • 1683 - Kings County is founded as one of the original counties of New York Province.
  • 1777 - The Battle of Long Island takes place in Kings County during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1824 - The village of Brooklyn is incorporated.
  • 1834 - The borough of Brooklyn is established.
  • 1898 - Brooklyn, along with other towns, becomes a part of New York City through consolidation.
  • 1924 - The name of Kings County is officially changed to the County of Brooklyn.
  • 1952 - The name of the County of Brooklyn is changed back to Kings County.
  • 2000 - The population of Kings County reaches over 2.4 million, making it the most populous county in New York State.
  • 2014 - Kings County experiences a surge in economic growth and development, with the opening of various businesses and the revitalization of neighborhoods.