The expression “once upon a time” could introduce the history of the village of Vilarinho das Furnas which, since 1971, has been submerged in the waters of the reservoir of the dam that took its name.
It is not easy to historically mark the origin of the small village of Vilarinho das Furnas, nestled between the Gerês and Amarela mountains, in the heart of the Peneda Gerês National Park, due to the lack of documentation.
If the water level of the Homem River drops, it is possible to see traces of the granite houses, but this phenomenon usually only happens in periods of prolonged drought.
In memory of this small people, the Ethnographic Museum of Vilarinho das Furnas was created in 1981, representing the history of the population, from the habits of the women of the time to the community organization of the village.
At the end of 1968, the village's human movement came together to collect the ethnographic heritage and safeguard it. The concentrated estate refers to the agrarian sector, community traditions, domestic life and the genuine rurality of the village.