Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

Overview

Thaddeus Kosciuszko was one of the first European volunteers to aid the American revolutionary cause in 1776. A brilliant Polish military engineer, Kosciuszko designed and constructed fortifications to help defeat the British, most notably at Saratoga and West Point in New York. Kosciuszko returned to Poland and led his own countrymen in a failed attempt to free them from foreign oppression. Seriously wounded in battle and imprisoned in Czarist Russia, upon his release, he returned to the United States. In a small rented room on the second floor of this house, Kosciuszko spent the winter of 1797-98 reading, sketching and receiving distinguished visitors like Vice President Thomas Jefferson. At Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, visitors can view exhibits highlighting Kosciuszko's military career in Poland and America, tour his home with rare artifacts from Poland, and read about Kosciuszko's visitors like Dr. Benjamin Rush, Chief Little Turtle, Thomas Jefferson and many others.

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Seasonality / Weather

Four distinct seasons with moderately cold winter and hot, humid summer. January average temperature, 33 degrees Fahrenheit; July average temperature, 75 degrees; average yearly rainfall, 41 inches; normal seasonal snowfall, 21 inches.

Directions

Driving: 

From the east, via I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway) - Exit onto I-676 East (toward "Central Philadelphia) and follow it to the 6th Street exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp follow signs for Independence Park Visitor Center. From the west, after crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge - stay in the right hand lane and follow signs for Independence Visitor Center. From the north, via I-95, exit at "Independence Hall/Historic Area". At bottom of ramp follow signs for Independence Visitor Center. From the south, via I-95, use "Independence Hall/Historic Area" exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp follow signs for Independence Visitor Center.

Public Transport: 

If you arrive in the city by train or bus, take the Market- Frankford subway east to 5th and Market Streets. Walk two blocks east to 3rd Street. Travel south and proceed 5 blocks to the Kosciuszko House.