Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony of “New Netherland,” noted for being founded by a woman, Lady Deborah Moody. Several historic landmarks remain from colonial times including the Moody House and the Van Sicklen family cemetery. The picturesque atmosphere has also been preserved with one- and two-family homes sitting on quaint tree-lined streets. Modern mansions, several in Spanish-style red-and-tan brick with sloping stucco roofs, are also common in the neighborhood. Along Avenues S, T, U and Ocean Parkway are some of the most expensive residences in Brooklyn, especially on the wider and deeper lots that allow for grand single-family homes, many with elaborate landscaping.