At the United States Military Academy at West Point


The garden was built in 1778 for rest and meditation by the Polish military engineer who designed and supervised construction of the fortifications at West Point making it the “Gibraltar of the Hudson” during the American Revolution. Kosciuszko built steps and a fountain “with spouting jets and cascades” and hauled in soil with a bucket he lowered from above. He planted a ring of flowers that reminded him of Poland and circled the bed with rocks. Kosciuszko’s Garden has been in continuous existence for 232 years and has undergone many restorations and enhancements. It is currently in need of restoration.