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Landed property of General Kazimierz Malachowski and chapel from 1863 in Wierzbica
Landed property of General Kazimierz Malachowski and chapel from 1863 in Wierzbica
In the vicinity of the site, there was a mansion of General Kazimierz Malachowski.

At the end of the 18th century, the estate in Wierzbica was rented by Wojciech Wojczyk. His three daughters married officers of the Napoleonic wars. Józefa was married to first lieutenant Antoni Czerminski of the 2nd Serock Veterans and War Invalid Company. The second daughter was married to Captain Engineer Florian Marczewski and was mother of the famous engineers and independence activists from the period of January Uprising: Bronislaw Marczewski and Witold Marczewski (born in Wierzbica, in 1832). The third daughter – Benigna Wojczyk – married the famous Colonel Kazimierz Malachowski (1765-1845), who was stationed in the fortress of Serock. Their wedding took place in the autumn of 1810, in the mansion in Wierzbica.

Kazimierz Malachowski gained renown thanks to the battles fought during the Polish Kościuszko Uprising, such as the Battle of Raclawice. He fought on Saint-Domingue in 1803, as well as in the Battle of Raszyn in 1809. Already as a married man, he took part in the Russian campaign of 1812, during which he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. In 1820, the Małachowski family settled permanently in Wierzbica, they bought in 1828. In 1831, Gen. K. Malachowski, as commanderin- chief of the November Uprising, was forced to escape to France with his wife.

The estate in Wierzbica was confiscated by the government. The property was put up for auction in 1836. It changed owners several times. In 1848, the estate was bought for 180 000 Polish zloty by Edmund Oktawian Skarżyński (1813-1893), rich and mighty owner of the estate in Popowo. He greatly expanded the brickworks, which supplied bricks not only to the nearby area but also to Warsaw. His son Stanislaw sold Wierzbica to the Dłużewski family, owners of the neighbouring estate of Pobyłkowo. The family owned the estate until the land reform introduced in 1945.

At the edge of the property, at the crossroads, stands the votive chapel dating back to 1863 with reminds us about the January Uprising and proves the patriotic attitude of the inhabitants of Wierzbica.