Archontiko through the years has accommodated legendary characters of the modern Greek history. After liberty from the Turks and the establishment of the new Greek government, Aegina became the first capital city of Greece. During that period, Shipping Minister Admiral Kountouriotis lived in Archontiko.
In the next century, the owner Mrs. Barbara Mpitrou (Deve) offered her hospitality to Saint Nektarios when he still was an unknown monk in a monastery on the outskirts Aegina. The Saint used to travel to town with his donkey for his food supplies and during the night slept at the lodge.
When Mrs. Zenovia Mpitrou (Deve) was the next owner, Kostas Varnalis, the Greek poet, lived in the house for two years. During the weekends, many intellectual friends visited the poet.
Among others the world famous Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis. The inspiration from the island’s unique lifestyle and the celebrations that took place gave Varnalis the motive to write the poem “ANDRIKOS BALLAD”. Later on, Mikis Theodorakis wrote music for the ballad and made a song out of it.