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LaVO: The mystery of Hatboro's Orange Home

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20.01.2020

The origins of Hatboro’s Orange Home and its once formidable bagpipe parade.



Barbara McIntyre of Doylestown got in touch the other day. As a fan of my weekly column, she suggested I look into the back story of the “Orange Home” on Orangeman Road in Hatboro.

Hmmm . . . A family of orange people living in a house on a road named for them?

Weird.

Not exactly. Barbara knows what the Orange Home is all about for personal reasons, but not how it came to be. Could I help?

Intrigued, I got my deer tracker hat off the shelf and headed for Orangeman Road to bring history into focus.

To do that, you have to go back to the 17th century and William of Orange, a devout Protestant and Dutch prince. At a young age, Willie married his cousin Mary, 15, the daughter of British King Charles II’s brother James, Duke of York.

Jimmy, a Catholic, ascended to the throne but was very unpopular. The Protestant majority in Britain feared he would return the country to Catholicism. Leaders reached out to William of Orange for help.

From Holland, he invaded Britain in 1688 and defeated the army of his father-in-law at the Battle of the Boyne River in Ireland in 1690. King Jimmy fled to France, never to return. Meanwhile, Willie and wife Mary jointly reigned as King and Queen of Britain.

The Battle of the........

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