His role model was his grandfather, Sebastian Chowaniec, about whom he wrote that he had been very serene, distanced from the world, able to understand people. He also admired his uncle, Sebastian Chowaniec – the youngest brother of his Mother. Jurgów is a small village located in the Tatra District. It was founded in 1546. During its history, the village has been under the reign of various monarchs. Here, there is a historic wooden church, old wooden peasant hut which now serves as a museum. In Jurgów, there is also a working sawmill powered by water.
Formerly, Jurgów was the very technologically advanced village. In addition to the sawmill, there were three mills here, so-called fulling mill i.e. a plant producing cloth and hydro power plant. Everything was powered by water from the Białka River or from a specially prepared channel „Przykopa” which had been dug to power the above-mentioned plants. Unfortunately, not all of them have survived until today. Due to its unique location, it is a tourist destination, therefore the number of tourists in summer and winter often exceeds the number of permanent residents. Jurgów attracts tourists also with many interesting monuments.
The oldest monument is the St. Sebastian and Our Lady of the Rosary church made of fir wood. Next to the church, there is a brick belfry built in 1881. At the bifurcation of the roads, there is a typical Jurgów farm “Zagroda Sołtysów” of 1861 – the branch of the Tatrzańskie Museum in Zakopane, where we can see the interesting exhibits, in the past used everyday by the Jurgów residents. In “Pod Okólne” clearing, upon the Białka River, near the border of the state, there is a complex of shepherd’s huts, which cannot be found anywhere else in such numbers. Currently, it is rarely used.