The Orangeroom ("Oranjekamer")
The Orangeroom wants to show the relationship between Sint-Maartensdijk and the House of Orange and what preceded. In the museum there is a presentation about the arising of Sint-Maartensdijk in the early middle ages.
What starts as a farm upon a mound grows into an aristocratic castle. Frank of Borssele and Jacoba of Bavaria were glorious residents of the castle in the 15thcentury. In 1549 the property changes into the hands of the Oranges. When Frederik Hendrik becomes Lord of Sint-Maartensdijk in 1625,town-hall and castle are thoroughly rebuild and expanded.
In the presentation you can see how extended the castle was at that time.In the glorious days there were a dungeon and hall,the for castle with stud-farm,brewery,chapel,bakery and of course the main gate.
In 1818 the castle was broken down,only the moat at the edge of the village is still visible. Between 1965 and 1968 archaeological excavations of the castle were done.In the exposition you can see some pictures of that.
The name Orange is stil closely linked to Sint-Maartensdijk.Many monarchs,princes and princesses of the House of Orange wore, just like our queen,the name of Lord or Lady of Sint-Maartensdijk and Scherpenisse.
In the course of time there were regularly Royal visits to the small town,sometimes at joy but also in mourning.A nice example is the festive visit in 1924 of Queen Wilhelmina,Prince Hendrik and Princes Juliana.For many people Queen's day 1996 is fresh in their memory.