The first buildings of the settlement of Ano Meria,
are found at a distance of some 6 kilometers far from Chora at the Northwest. Ano Meria is the most populated settlement of Folegandros, counting more than 300 permanent residents. It is not a typical settlement, as there is not a village center as it happens in most of the settlements elsewhere, and the houses are scattered in a broad area. The majority of the residents are occupied in agriculture and stock breeding, an old traditional activity of the place; only few of them have turned to tourist activities.
The settlement is not very old; it goes back only two to three centuries. The first buildings of it were simple one-room houses that served as temporary short-staying residencies for the farmers who came here to work in their field. Gradually, some of the people were settled here permanently. However, most of the families of Ano Meria are not of local origin; they came here from Crete, Cyclades and the island of Euboea. This is evident even from the names, some of which show the place from which they come from. As more and more people settled in the area, the settlement increased in population and at the beginning of the 20 th century it became a separate community.