Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer
Don’t confuse the small size of the Kosciuszko House with his impact on America’s history. Thomas Jefferson called Kosciuszko, “As pure a son of liberty as I have ever known.” The former Polish count’s innovative military engineering helped the patriot’s ragtag army overpower the mighty Redcoats in several key battles.
After the Revolution, he returned to Philadelphia, amidst great public fanfare, to collect his military salary. During his stay, he was honored by numerous national dignitaries and caught the eye of more than a few of Philadelphia’s well-bred young ladies. After touring the first-floor exhibits depicting his military innovations, head upstairs for a short biographical video and a peek into the bedroom, where he entertained statesmen, military officers and other dignitaries.
The Revolutionary War ignited struggles for independence around the world. France staged its own uprising. Following his service to America, Kosciuszko returned to Poland to lead an unsuccessful war against Tsarist Russia. For the next two centuries, Poland would be ruled by Russian and Nazi dictators. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that the country finally achieved independence.
Open Wed – Sun, Closed Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Don’t make the mistake of just strolling by the National Park rangers stationed in the Kosciuszko House. They really know their stuff, and because the House is off the beaten path, they have the time to talk to visitors.
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