Then the best thing happened! I found out that the home of Valentine Welna had chosen to be an 18th century representative home in an open air museum in 1957.
So the next day, we all went to the museum. When the guide at the museum found out that we were direct descendants, she took down the barriers and gave us free access to the whole house.
To put things in perspective and help your understanding, the ancestry order is: Louis D. Welna -> son of Louis J. Welna -> son of John C. Welna -> son of John Welna -> son of Valentine Welna, son of Martin Welna born about 1754.
(See also interactive map of museum: http://www.muzeumwsiopolskiej.pl/imapa.do’mid=mid222.)
I took many pictures of the inside which I will include in the family history started by Mitzi Welna. Valentine’s name (Valentine Welna), the date (1827) and the name of the builder is carved on one of the beams. I got to sit at the table of my great great grandfather Valetine Welna’s kitchen table and wept. (By the way, do not drive in Poland!)
According to the Welnas, an old aunt named, Cecylia, saw the house at the museum and she said it was exactly as she remembered it. All the contents are original and came from the Welna house.