Established 1639 -------------------- Stratford Point ------------------------------ Great Neck ----------------------------Lordship Manor

The History of Lordship

Stratford, Connecticut

Lordship, the land at the southern tip of Stratford, jutting into the heart of Long Island Sound. The first inhabitants of Lordship were the Paugussetts who had a large village at Fresh (Frash) Pond, but had encampments at Stratford Point and at Indian Well. Indian Well was a fresh water pond where the old trolley line crossed Duck Neck Creek just north of the rotary near the firehouse. When the first settlers arrived in 1639, they found that Indians were using this area to plant corn, so there was little clearing necessary. Originally Lordship, called Great Neck, was a Common Field worked and owned by settlers who returned home to the safety of the palisade fort at night. Richard Mills was the first to build a farmhouse in Great Neck in the western end near present day Second Avenue. He sold his estate to Joseph Hawley in 1650 and moved. It is in connection with his name that the term Lordship is first found, as applied to a meadow on what is still known as the Lordship farm. It is said in deeds of land - 1650 to 1660 several times, Mills Lordship and the Lordship Meadow. Richard Beach came to Stratford with a family and in 1662, he purchased one of five acres on west point of the Neck, butted south upon the meadow called Mills Lordship. In colonial days, Lordship was a desolate and feared place. There were a few farms and very little trees on the windswept landscape. Breezy Point (north end of Stratford Road) was thought to be haunted and was avoided at night. According to legend, witches and their servants would build bonfires there to lure ships onto the rocks along the beach.

The purpose of this website is to collect and preserve the history of Lordship. Anyone wishing to contribute material, pictures or stories is asked to contact Tom Halverson. All material will be scanned and returned.

Lordship in 1918 - A 360 degree view


1918 Lordship 360 degree view


Anyone interested in becoming active in the community is asked to contact one of the board members or attend the next meeting. Currect activities are on the club's website at:

  • Lordship Fathers Club

    THE LORDSHIP FATHERS CLUB:The Lordship Fathers Club


    LATEST RELEASE - LORDSHIP LANDINGS:Latest releases from 1912 thru 1919 added March 30.


    AHERN'S PLAYLAND:Ahern's Playland

    AIRPORT:The Airport

    AVIATION:Lordship Aviation

    BEACHES:Lordship Beaches

    BRICK COTTAGES:Brick Cottages


    CENTER OF LORDSHIP:Lordship Center

    CHURCHES:Lordship Churches

    CIVIL AIR PATROL:Civil Air Patrol

    DEVELOPMENT:Lordship Development

    DINING IN LORDSHIP:Where we ate

    DIRECTORY:Lordship Directory.

    DUMP:Lordship Dump.

    GAS STATIONS:Lordship Gas Stations

    GREAT MEADOWS:The Great Meadows

    GROWING UP IN LORDSHIP:Growing up in Lordship


    GUN CLUB:Gun Club

    LANDMARKS:Lordship Landmarks

    LEGENDARY LORDSHIP:Legendary Lordship.

    LORDSHIP BOOSTER:The Lordship Booster

    LORDSHIP MANOR:Lordship Manor

    LORDSHIP PARK ASSOCIATION:Lordship Park Association

    MAPS:Lordship Maps

    MEMORIAL GREEN:Lordship Memorial Green

    MOVIES:In the movies.

    OLD LORDSHIP:Old Lordship

    ORGANIZATIONS:Lordship Organizations

    PARK PROJECTS:Lordship Parks Projects.

    PLEASURE BEACH:Pleasure Beach.

    POLITICS:Lordship Politics.

    ROLLER SKATING RINK:Roller Skating Rink


    SCHOOLS:Lordship Schools.

    SEAWALL:The Wall

    SPORTS:Lordship Sports

    STRATFORD POINT LIGHTHOUSE:Stratford Point Lighthouse

    TROLLEY:Lordship Trolley

    WARTIME LORDSHIP:Lordship at War

    WORK:Lordship at Work

    Lordship Links, Acknowledgements and Resources:Acknowledgements

    Any comments or would like to donate material? You can contact me directly at: