Long Island Hidden Past: Myths of treasures of Captain Kidd buried on Long Island

Captain William Kidd may have hidden some treasures

Captain William Kidd may have hidden some treasures on Long Island.

EAST HAMPTON - Stories about the infamous Captain William Kidd say that he used Long Island to bury his treasures.

Historian Noel Gish says Captain Kidd was sanctioned by New York Gov. Lord Bellomont as a privateer to protect English ships and plunder the rest.

Kidd acquired troves of treasures, but his luck turns when he plunders a ship owned by English investors.

When he got back into the New York area he finds out that he's now considered a pirate.

Before heading back to Lord Bellomont to plead his case, Kidd stops on Long Island's East End dropping anchor off Gardiners Island.

According to Gish, he gave a pound of gold and sugar to the Gardiner family.

At the East Hampton Library there's an actual artifact of Capitan Kidd's treasure - a piece of cloth from a bold of woven gold tapestry. Supposedly the tapestry was a gift from Kidd to Mrs. Gardiner because she cooked him a pig roast.

Kidd was hung in England for piracy.

Despite historic documents proving Kidd's treasure was dug up and removed from Gardiners Island, the legend of Captain Kidd lives on.

Myths also mention Oyster Bay, Smithtown, Plum Island and Montauk as other locations where Kidd may have buried treasures, but historical proof was never found.

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