Kosciuszko's Garden

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Kosciuszko's Garden
Steps to K's Garden.jpg
Steps leading up from the garden, July 2008
Kosciuszko's Garden is located in New York
Kosciuszko's Garden
Location West Point, New York
Nearest city Highland Falls, New York
Coordinates 41°23′31″N 73°57′13″W / 41.391858°N 73.953583°W / 41.391858; -73.953583Coordinates: 41°23′31″N 73°57′13″W / 41.391858°N 73.953583°W / 41.391858; -73.953583
Created 1778
Operated by Federal government

Kosciuszko's Garden is a small retreat garden built by Tadeusz Kosciuszko on the side of a cliff overlooking the Hudson River at West Point, New York.[1] First constructed in 1778, it still offers visitors and cadets a place of quiet tranquility during the warmer months.[2] The "General Edward L. Rowny Family Endowment" was established to further sustain perpetual care and maintenance of the Garden and to dedicate a plaque commemorating the occasion.

Dr. James Thacher described it in his diary, "Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a gentleman of distinction from Poland...amused himself while stationed on the point, in laying out a curious garden in a deep valley, abounding more in rocks than soil. I was gratified in viewing his curious water fountain with jets and cascades."[3]:71

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  1. ^ "Tour of West Point Kosciuszko'z Garden (Slide 16 of 16)". USMA.edu. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "FOR YOUR FREEDOM AND OURS". American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  3. ^ Storozynski, A., 2009, The Peasant Prince, New York: St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9780312388027