HISTORY

The tale-like history of our village starts in the beginning of the twentieth (20th) century. According to it, Apostolos Vainopoulos (our great grandfather), having worked for years as captain in english commercial ships, returns, rich enough, to his birth-place, the Mouresi village and decides to set up in Damouhari a business of importing and exporting goods from and to East Pelion. At that time there was no road network from Volos to East Pelion, and all commerce was being held by the sea, especially through Damouchari’s natural port, where were operating customs office and big storehouses, stony and imposing buildings that are still preserved.

At the same time Apostolos Vainopoulos in one of his european journeys in Romania meets Cleopatra, a wealthy Greek- Romanian girl from Bucharest, that her father’s origin is also from the village Mouresi in East Pelion. Apostolos falls in love with her, they get married and he brings her from the aristocracy of Bucharest to the magnificent but lonely Damouhari. He calls her “Miramare“, which in romanian means “Admirable” and devotes the village to her, building a mansion for her. The years pass by, winters are strong and Cleopatra feels more and more trapped and isolated from her family and her beloved, who was still away in long sea trips. Suffering from depression and after complications during parturition, she dies in the childbirth of her single and only child. The child is a boy, survives and lives, but he also dies after a short period.

After the death of his son too, Apostolos sufers from a great loss. During this so difficult and painful period of his life, a poor local girl, Victoria, which was the nanny of his lost son stands by him. They come closer and eventually they get married. From then on, a creative period starts for Vainopoulos. He and Victoria made five (5) children, to whom he gave names related to Ancient Greece. These are, in birth order the following: Electra, Cleopatra, Nikias, Iasonas and Klearchos (our father and grandfather). Alongside, the business is going well, while concurrently he serves as the President of the local Community of Mouresi. He is 45 years old and has big plans for Damouhari and for the improvement of the harbor, but unfortunately he dies suddenly due to a hyperthermia, within a week time from the appearance of his disease. It is about a sunstroke that happened to him during his heroic effort, as President, to extinguish a large fire in the region.

The old customs office in Damouchari

Victoria stays alone with her 5 children. She inherits a large fortune together with the business. Meanwhile, the seasons change, the second (2nd) World War is approaching and life becomes more and more difficult. Victoria is forced to mismanage and sell much of the fortune in order to survive her and her children. Eventually, her brothers manage to mediate, sharing the heritage and passing it to the children, who are is still young. Later, Victoria gets married with Stergios, a man of about twenty (20) years younger with which they make a daughter called Barbara. With Stergios’ s sister Victoria’s son, Nikias, keeps a love affair, but they never get married. However, they live together and make three (3) children, which could be identified and take their father’s surname (Vainopoulos).

Recent Years

After the ’40s, Damouhari is losing completely its significant commercial role, due to the development of the road network. It is the fishermen, now, that seek refuge in the natural harbor and Ntamouhari is converted into a pictoresque fishing village with deeply carved the signs of a rich past.

Unfortunately, in the last decades, not so friendly European policies against small fishermen have dramatically led to the reduction of a big number of professional fishing boats who find shelter in Damouhari, but thanks to some of them and to amateur anglers, the atmosphere of a Mediterranean fishing village is still resisting.

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