Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Olde City drinking

There’s a unusual connection between Australia and Philadelphia and it involves a bloke that never set foot in Australia. Thaddeus Kosciuszko, for whom Australia’s highest mountain (hill) is named was a Polish soldier that played a part in
America’s fight for independence. When he wasn’t trying to liberate Poland he spent time in America as an engineer. He lived in a home near the Olde City part of Philadelphia and they’ve turned that house into a Memorial to him.

Thaddeus was a remarkable man and the story in the photo above demonstrates that. Slavery is still a big deal in US history and for this Polish man to take such a noble stand is fascinating. Interestingly there is no reference to Mount Kosciuszko in the memorial. The curator was amazed at my t-shirt, however and that may change.

The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is one of the less frequented historical sites in Philadelphia’s Olde City quarter. This place is a history buff’s dream come true. Statues abound and museums are everywhere. Philadelphia was the capital before Washington DC and the US Constitution was debated and created here. With it being summer, strolling around this wonderful city makes one pretty thirsty. Fortunately the Olde City is also blessed with some fine bars on 2nd Street. Rotten Ralph’s is as divey as it gets and worthy of a visit. The Kyber Pass deserves a longer visit. Terrific tap selection and an extensive Southern menu with Po Boys and wings prominent.

Aah, history and beer. A great combo.