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Description - Authorized as a National Memorial on October 21,1972, is the house at the corner of Third and Pine Streets where Thaddeus Kosciuszko resided during the winter of 1797-1798. Born impoverished in the eastern Polish province of Polesie on February 4, 1746, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a military engineer, became one of the 18th century's greatest champions of American and Polish freedom. The life and work of this Polish-born patriot are commemorated at this site which consists of two buildings with an exhibit / information area and small bookstore, restrooms, an audiovisual program and a historically furnished room. Self-guided tours of the house begin on the first floor. Audiovisual presentations and ranger talks are available throughout the year. House tours are limited to 25 persons; groups are encouraged to make reservations. Wheelchair accessibility and assistance is provided.

Attractions - Authorized as a National Memorial on October 21,1972, is the house at the corner of Third and Pine Streets where Thaddeus Kosciuszko resided during the winter of 1797-1798. Born impoverished in the eastern Polish province of Polesie on February 4, 1746, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a military engineer, became one of the 18th century's greatest champions of American and Polish freedom. One of the first foreign volunteers to come to the aid of the American revolutionary army, Kosciuszko made many significant contributions to the American Revolution including the fortifications at Saratoga and West Point. The two worlds of Kosciuszko were in sharp contrast. The revolution that he helped lead in Poland in the early 1790's was crushed; an exile from Poland, Kosciuszko was a hero in the United States. The life and work of this Polish-born patriot are commemorated here.

Recreation - The site consists of a complex of two buildings, which contain an exhibit / information area and small bookstore, restrooms, an audiovisual program and a historically furnished room. Self-guided tours of the House begin on the first floor. Audiovisual presentations and ranger talks are available throughout the year. House tours are limited to 25 persons; groups are encouraged to make reservations.

Wheelchair accessibility is provided for the first floor. NPS staff assist visitors unable to reach the second floor with photographs and literature describing the historic room exhibits.

HOURS:
Open Daily 9 am to 5 p.m., June - October.
Open Wednesday to Sunday 9 am to 5 p.m., November - May.
Closed for lunch, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Closed New Years' Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius). Don't be surprised by several days of temperatures in the 80's and 90's.

Location - The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is located at 3rd and Pine Streets in Philadelphia, just a few blocks south of the Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center.

TRAIN or BUS:
Take the Market- Frankford subway east to 5th and Market Streets. Walk two blocks east to 3rd Street. Travel two blocks south to the Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center; proceed 5 blocks to the Kosciuszko House.

PLANE:
Take the "R-1 Airport Line" train to Market Street East (8th and Market Streets) and proceed as above.

CAR:
Eastbound, 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 National Historical Park Visitor Center. Proceed as above.

Westbound by car: After crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge - stay in the right hand lane and follow signs for Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center. Proceed as above.

Northbound by car: via I-95 - Exit at "Independence Hall/Historic Area". At bottom of ramp follow signs for Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center. Proceed as above.

Southbound by car, via I-95 - Use "Independence Hall/Historic Area" exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp follow signs for Independence National Historical Park Visitor Center. Proceed as above.


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Contact Information:
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, 301 Pine Street , Philadelphia, PA, 19106, Phone: 215-597-9618
, inde_poe_house@nps.gov

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania National Forests and Parks - The National Park Service boasts of having over 16 designated historical sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials, rivers and trails within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each is significant within itself deserving the protection and maintenance from the Park Service. The National Forest Service maintains and manages one of America's finest hardwood producing territories, the Allegheny National Forest, located in the northwestern region of the state.
Pennsylvania's Historic Sites -
Philadelphia, Country-Side, Lehigh Valley Area - The Philadelphia area is historically rich and diverse in natural resources. This beautiful area beacons as a vacation destination.

Links:
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial - Official agency Website

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