Loyal Orange Lodge
Grey Roots Orange Hall is a recreation of the Loyal Orange Lodge No. 67, the first lodge to be organized in Grey County. Lodge No. 67 opened on November 5, 1847 in the village of Sydenham, now Owen Sound. The lodge at Grey Roots is dressed to represent a hall in the 1920’s.
The Loyal Orange Institution, more commonly known as the Orange Order, is a Protestant fraternal organization. The Orange Lodge’s membership in Canada grew quickly, and a Lodge was established in almost every town and village by the end of the 19th century. Lodges served as a community meeting place, social centre, employment agency and immigrant re-settlement organization.
The history of Orangeism is very deep and complex. In order to fully understand it one would need to examine the entire history of Britain, Ireland and the Reformation. Orangeism as it is known today began to form in 1688, when James II