The village, which consists of several hamlets and forest settlements (Dębiny, Wiosło Małe, Wiosło Duże, Pólko). In the settlements of Wiosło there were crossovers over the Vistula River. The period of their functioning is related to the entries about thieves and buried treasures. At the beginning of the Thirteen Years’ War in 1454 the skirmish of the Polish and Teutonic troops took place here.
According to the legend, the local peasants have overcome the dangerous knights with their forks and rescued the commander of the uprising, Jan z Jani (approx. 1400–1461), the later provincial governor of Pomerania. Hence, the name of the town of Widlice, previously Widłyce.
While visiting the village, it is worth visiting Małe Wiosło and climbing the escarpment, which bears the monument commemorating the 60 years of professional work of Gottlieb Schmid – designer of regulatory works of the riverbed in the Lower Vistula Valley conducted in the 40s of the XIX century.
The special development of the village took place after the construction of the bridge over the Vistula river in 1909. What functioned here: school, shop, restaurant and marina on the Vistula River. On the edge of the village there is an evangelical cemetery founded in the middle of the XIX century. Józef Czyżewski (1857–1935) was born in Widlice, the national activist and publisher of the Polish press in Gdansk. The Schools in Opalenie bear his name now.
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