Book captures the spirit of Lords Point

Book captures the spirit of Lords Point

The Westerly Sun


STONINGTON — Stepping foot on Lords Point is a bit like stepping back into the 1950s — it’s timeless. Not only does the tight-knit community still host bingo on Monday nights like it has for 50 years, but the children still go crabbing, jump off the local dock and participate in a weekly family sports night.

It’s this timeless nature that longtime resident Beverly Dodd, a retired nurse, wanted to convey when she took on the task of writing a book, recently published, about the history of the coastal community after local storyteller and unofficial town historian Harry Davis died. Davis had compiled a fragmentary history of life at “The Point” when life got in the way and he was never able to start it.

“It seemed too important to ignore so I took on the project,” Dodd said. “It turned out to be a longer process than I had anticipated — verifying facts and putting the pieces of the puzzle together.” The result is “Lord’s Point: Just a Little History,” which has already sold more than 200 copies.

Dodd wanted to emphasize the strong sense of camaraderie in the eclectic community. “We don’t focus on superlatives — no big, beautiful beaches, no yacht club or seaside restaurant,” she said. “It’s just a ‘feeling.’ In today’s fast-paced, often complicated society, driving or walking over the bridge and looking out across the Sound envelops you in its magic every time.”

The book is a combination of history, photos and personal anecdotes from residents. She writes about the variety stores, tea rooms and inns that are now long gone, the summer cottages that have been replaced by larger, year-round homes, and the community center, built in 1931, that still stands and is used by the Lord’s Point Association.

“I certainly didn’t sit around saying ‘I’ve got to write this this,’ but I knew it needed to be done. When you write a book, you certainly hope someone likes it, and I’ve had lots of people tell me they love it,” she laughed. “It’s a story that needed to be told.” So far, the response has been nothing but positive, Dodd said. Many have told her that she captured the feeling of timelessness that the close community has.

“I’ve found that previous residents returning for vacation following an absence of often 40 to 50 years are astonished to find so few changes in the culture and delight in blending yesterday’s memories with similar ones being created today,” she said. “I’m hoping that my book captures a glimpse into our journey and the relatively smooth transition of time in the community.”

bwhite@thewesterlysun.com


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