Lordship has had a long and fascinating history through the centuries filled with pirates, sea monsters, outlaws, shipwrecks, rum runners, ghost ships, smugglers, the Paugusetts, ghosts, tragedies and a host of characters. On Stratford Point, the Paugusetts would perform an ancient religious rite called the Pawwaw, was annually celebrated and commonly lasted several hours every night for two or three weeks. During the nocturnal ceremony the English saw or imagined they saw, devils rise out of the sea wrapped up in sheets of flame and flying round the Indian camp. 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. Later the legendary Lord Minto set up a warehouse and built tunnels on the Point and ran a smuggling operation there. The discovery of the tunnels in the 1850s led to the Gold Diggins where a group of spiritualists spent a summer digging for Captain Kidds treasure. There are a number of Captain Kidd stories concerning Lordship and they are all included here. The Hidden Door ghost story took place on Stratford Point also.
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