Vyšná Jablonka (Felsojablonka, Felsoalmad)
Photo Credit - Alan Toy, 2003
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This Rusyn village is located in the Bukovsky hill region of the Carpathian mountains, about 5 Km south of the Poland border. It is located about 15 Km due north of Snina. It is one of what I call a "dead end village". It is surrounded by mountains and hills on three sides, situated in the valley formed which is one of the "fingers" into the mountains, where the mountain water runoff forms many streams, which follow the valley southward.
At one time the road continued on towards Poland, but the existence of land mines still in the forested areas was one factor for closing the road, so I was told. (Marianne Nagrant)
1436 Jablonka, 1773 Wisna Jablanka.The first mention of the village is in 1436. It belonged to the noble family Drugethy, after to Humenné town, and then to Szirmay family. During the History, its inhabitants were occupied in agriculture and as woodmen and shepherds. Source: Roberto Cannoni, Italy
Church Greek Catholic sv. Peter a Pavol (Sts. Peter and Paul) 1766; Church attended to by priest at Svetlice.
Affiliated Greek Catholic parish at Nižná Jablonka, - Zosnutie Presvätej Bohorodičky 1811 (KP)
In 2002 a new Orthodox church was constructed.
A hearty Thank You! to Alan Toy and Theresa Karanik for sharing their Spring, 2004 photos.
Vasilko/Vasilco/Wasilco, Petrick/Patrick, Mikita-Petrik, Dranchak, Shaytar, Kulik
Thanks to Marianne Nagrant for information from her 2002 visit to see her cousins.
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Last Update: 24 October 2007