Orange Park Rangers society members offer a glimpse of historical Liverpool defenders

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Editor's note: This story was first published on July 28, 2021. This version corrects the spelling of the name Owen Halin. It should be Owen Hamlin.

Local members of the Kings Orange Rangers (KOR) reenactors will be at the Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool July 31 to talk about the life of a Ranger that helped defend Liverpool back in the late 1700s.

KOR members Owen Hamlin and Dave Freeman will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon on the Lighthouse grounds in full regalia. There is no cost to attend and all COVID-19 precautions will be taken.

“We’ll talk about the life of a soldier during the time of the revolution,” said Hamlin, president of KOR, which is a non-profit group. “We will have a tent and be dressed in uniform. We’ll talk about how travelling worked, what their kit contained, the reason for the uniform and things like that.”

The original Kings Orange Rangers was a British Loyalist battalion formed in December 1776 in the province of New York to defend British interests.

However, the regiment was said to be greatly lacking in discipline and was sent to Nova Scotia in November 1778 to help fill the void of protection created when the battalion of marines occupying the area returned to duties in the fleet.

The regiment remained in Nova Scotia for several years doing garrison duty in Halifax and providing protection to remote settlements such as Liverpool and Lunenburg. The battalion was disbanded in 1783.

Members of the Kings Orange Rangers Society have been active throughout the community since being established in 1996. Most notably they participate in Privateer Days in Liverpool by setting up an encampment and putting on a battle re-enactment. They can also be seen at various locations throughout the community at weddings, business openings, the tourist booth and the museum.

Members also participate in activities throughout the summer at various locations around the province with other reenactment societies in areas such as Yarmouth, Shelburne, Halifax and Annapolis Royal.

Hamlin said COVID-19 has closed off the opportunities for members to participate, but he hopes the upcoming demonstration will be the start of many more chances to share the history of the Orange Park Rangers.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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