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Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, at 301 Pine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, preserves the home of Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Kościuszko. The life and work of the Polish patriot and hero of the American Revolution
American Revolution
are commemorated here.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko House in May 1972, prior to restoration

Kosciuszko returned to the United States to a hero's welcome after his wounding, capture, imprisonment, and banishment from his native Poland occupied by Russia, in 1796. Kosciuszko's secretary, Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, having been instructed to find "a dwelling as small, as remote, and as cheap" as possible, chose Mrs. Ann Relf's boarding house at the corner of 3rd and Pine Streets in Society Hill. Here, where Kosciuszko recuperated from his wounds while rarely leaving the house, he was visited by numerous luminaries of the day, including Vice President Thomas Jefferson, architect Benjamin Latrobe, William Paterson (a signer of the US Constitution), Chief Little Turtle
Little Turtle
of the Miami people, and Chief Joseph Brant
Joseph Brant
of the Mohawk nation. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
on December 18, 1970. The National Memorial
National Memorial
was authorized on October 21, 1972. It is administered under Independence National Historical Park but is counted as a separate unit of the National Park System. At 0.02 acres (0.0081 ha) 0.02 acre (80 m²), the memorial is America's smallest unit of the National Park System.[2] The site is currently open for touring, Saturday and Sunday, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. No fees, tickets, or reservations are required to visit this site.

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listings in Center City, Philadelphia

References[edit] Notes

^ National Park Service
National Park Service
(2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ Frequently Asked Questions


The National Parks: Index 2001–2003. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Media related to Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
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at Wikimedia Commons Official NPS website: Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial Thaddeus Kosciuszko House listing, drawings, and photographs at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) (Library of Congress) "Brief History: The Smallest National Park" by Robert Smith, All Things Considered, 30 June 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2008.

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