«Significant events in the history of the village through the ages»

  • 1700
Venetian census shows Karitsa having 37 families and 152 dwellers
  • 1720-1730 (circa)
Emigration of Karitsiotes to other more prosperous places: Spetses, Astros Kinourias, Gramousa (present day Ambelohori) and Molaous
  • 1741
Birth of Dimitrios Karitsiotis, national benefactor, in Astros of Kinouria, descendent of family originally from Karitsa
  • 1780
Karitsa along with a cluster of villages known as Kounoupohoria deemed to be wholly owned by the Sultan of the Court of Argos
  • 1821-1829
Revolution for Greek national independence
  • 1825
In the afternoon of Friday 11 September 1825 a detachment of Imbraim Pasha's forces torches some houses in the village and the forest of Tsouka.  Eleven women and girls captured and taken for the slave trade in the Middle East
  • 1830
Recognition of Hellenic Independence

The first demographic count in liberated Greece shows Karitsa inhabited by 20 families
  • 1833
In the first subdivision of liberated Greece into administrative regions Karitsa, Alepohori, Velota, Vrondamas and Geraki join together to form the larger Area Council of Geronthres in the Province of Lakedemon of the Prefecture of Laconia.  First mayor of Geronthres, Dimitrios Ikonomou from Geraki
  • 1853
Book by Ioannis Rogavis shows Karitsa with 34 dwellings and 174 inhabitants
  • 1861
Consecration of Agios Kostandinos
  • 1869
Agios Yannis built.  Funding by H Malavazos
  • 1872
Ordination of Dimitri Hroni "papa-Hroni"
  • 1876
Main water taps improved
  • 1879
National census: Karitsa population 280
  • 1889
National census: Karitsa population 284
  • 1890 - 1920 (circa)
Towards the end of the nineteenth century many Karitsiotes migrate to America.  This continues until the 1920s when economic decline reduces the flow of Greek migrants to America.
  • 1892
Building of Evangelistria begins.  It will take 30 years to complete.
  • 1896
National census: Karitsa population 327

Consecration of Agios Nikolas
  • 1907
National census: Karitsa population 354
  • 1912
Break up of the Area Council of Geronthres and establishment of Village Council of Karitsa.  First village president Georgios Tsembelis
  • 1912 - 1922
Wars: 14 Karitsiotes killed in action
  • 1914
Mihalis I Malavazos decorated with Bravery Medals by prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos for gallantry in the Asia Minor campaign and the war against Bulgaria.
  • 1920
National census: Karitsa population  416

Consecration of Evangelistria (circa 1920)
  • 1927
Death of papa-Hronis
  • 1928
National census: Karitsa population 408
  • 1929
Erection of War Memorial
  • 1930 (circa)
Ordination of Anastasis Malavazos "papa-Anastasis"
  • 1940
National census: Karitsa population 424
  • 1940 - 1947
Nazi occupation and civil war: 20 fallen
  • 1947
New Years Day:  Battle of Karitsa, 4 villagers killed, 9 houses torched, village records destroyed
  • 1951
National census: Karitsa population 464.  Record number of people in the history of the village
  • 1953 - 1975
Mass wave of post war migration draws many Karitsiotes to Australia, Canada and Germany
  • 1956
Opening up of motor road from Variko to Agios Nikolas following the old mule track

Building of reservoir and water taps in Pera Gitonia (Far Side)

American-Karitsioti, Kostas P Andoniou, funds running water pipe from upland source
Koprisia to Kendriki Vrisi.

Construction of new school begins under the supervision of building committee: Anastasis Malavazos (priest), Alexis Porfiris (president of village council) and Kostas Porfiris (school teacher). New school funded by American Karitsiotes, local villagers and school children who organise theatre presentations in surrounding villages Geraki, Alepohori and Mari to raise money.
  • 1958
First motor car, owned by Sofoklis Toundas comes to the village

Reservoir in Mesorahi built by forestry authorities to serve the needs of the shepherds
  • 1960
First tractor, owned by Yannis Athanasiou Andoniou, is brought to the village
  • 1961
National census: Karitsa population 371

New teacher, Mr Kolias, begins teaching at new school at the start of the new school year in September 1961.  Locals recall long list of former teachers: 
  • Nikolaos Doulos(1958-1961) 

  • Kyrios Saris (1958) 

  • Kostandinos Profiris (-1957)

  • Papa-Anstasis Malavazos (the village priest ran the school during the war years) 

  • Kostandinos Profiris ( ~1940-41) 

  • Nikolaos Maroudis (~1940)

  • "Nota" (~1939-40) 

  • Kyria Evgenia 

  • Petros Rongakos (~1932-1935) He was sacked when he uncovered council wrongdoings

  • Christos Zervakos ( ~1930-32)

  • Kyrios Liapis


  • 1964
Death of Papa-Anastasis
  • 1968
Opening up of motor road "Odos Agiou Dimitriou" first to Mariorema and then to Agios Dimitris.

Military Junta appoints Georgio Lambros village president
  • 1973
Electricity brought to the village
  • 1981
National census: Karitsa population 286
  • 1986
Brotherhood of Karitsa formed in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1990
Reservoir for shepherds built in Pano Loutsa

Water discovered in Dariva
  • 1991
National census: Karitsa population 263
  • 1996
Connection with automated telephone exchange of Geraki allows individuals in Karitsa to have own private lines
  • 1998
Karitsa Of Laconia WebPages by Dimitri Katsambis posted on the world wide web
  • 1999
After 86 years of separate local government, Karitsa joins Alepohori, Kalithea and Geraki to form the new area council of Geronthres.  First mayor Lambros Vourvouriotis and village chairman Kostas I Katsambis.
  • 2001
National census: Karitsa population 228
  • 2003
Karitsa Family Trees by Stelios Hagias posted on the world wide web

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