Blinstrubiškiai manor

The first owners of this manor in the second half of the 16th century were Simon’s (S1) sons Peter (S2) and Caspar Blinstrubs Alsiszki of Tautwil. In 1604.03.25 Caspar’s son Adam Blinstrub Alsiszki of Tautwil enlarged manor’s dominion by connecting Sujainiai lands. Blinstrubs owned manor until 1736 and sold it after death of the last owner – George Merkel Blinstrub (S62).
Under whole time when Blinstrubs owned this manor it was called Alsa or Viduklė – Paalsė manor and only in the first half of XVIII century it began to be called Blinstrubiškai. Names origin is coming from Alsa river which flows nearby. The manor itself was wooden and burned down during the Second World War. The manor had its own mill (most likely watermill) and a tavern near road Raseiniai – Nemakščiai.

In 1645, calvinists, John (S18, kings Wladyslaw IV and John Casimir’s secretary) and Elena Vainiotaitė (S28) Blinstrubs in the Calvinist cemetery on a hill near Alsa river, which belonged the manor territory, built a stone chapel. On May 1, 1696, chapel was ruined by catholic Boguslav Peter Blinstrub (S21). He was sentenced for that.
In 1736 the manor was sold to noble family of Uvainiai. One of Uvainiai before his death left an manor to underage daughters, and their custody was left to someone with name Micewicz. He later sent daughters to monastery and took over the manor. But after some time someone Casimir Burba from Pašušvys, married one of the daughters – Anna Uvainyte, releasing them from monastery in such way. Daughters got back their manor and Micewicz was sent to court.
Casimir Burba and Anna Uvainyte got four children – son Klet (who later became a marshal of guvern’s nobility) and three daughters. One of daughters married to Cyprian Michael Janczewski, son of Raseiniai judge Franz Janczewski.
Cyprian Janczewski was educated  by Adomas Mickevičius in Kaunas and Kražiai gymnasium, belong to secret society “Black brothers”. Later, for illegal activity was sentenced to death but sentence was changed to exile to Bobruisk. After returning from exile he was nobility marshal of Raseiniai district.
Cyprian had two sons – Casimir and Edward (1846-1918).
Professor Edward Glinka Janczewski was famous polish botanist. He was married to Jadwiga Szetkiewicz (1856-1941), the famous polish writer’s, Nobel prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz wife’s sister. Jadwiga often invited to Blinstrubiškiai manor famous lithuanian poet Maironis.
After Edward with wife moved to Krakow (Poland), his brother Casimirtook care of manor until death (1935). After his death his son, also Casimir took care of manor.
This Casimir Janczewski had two son – Henrik (married Sofia Kosakovskytė from Žeimiai) and Thadeus (married Irena from Kražiai). Janczewski family owned an manor until II World War.
Henrik Janczewski remember that manor was wooden, built in 1740 (It is believed that the new estate was built in the old place by Boguslav Peter Blinstrub, a little earlier). Building had stone foundation.

Both the front and the back of the building had a large porch with stairs. The building was horizontally covered with broad planed boards.
The manor was poorly equipped and only in the 19th century. In the representative rooms, white tile stoves were built. In one room, an antique type high brick fireplace was built. In the representation rooms walls were artistic painted and other rooms were simply painted.
In front of the mansion, pyramidal poplars grew. There was a young linden alley towards Alsa river.  Around the manor number of larches and chestnuts grew. Chestnut was planted in an alley leading towards Raseiniai road.

Blinstrubiškiai now have large state owned retirement home which was established in the territory of the Blinstrubiškiai manor in 1946.  In 1968-1970 old buildings were demolished and new buildings for 400 inhabitants has been built.

The Blinstrubiškiai forest (official name) is located nearby. The photos show the former manor park, the white stone building is reconstructed former farm hand house.