Marcellus crown jewel

Open house at 10 Orange Street.

It seems appropriate Cynthia Stevenson, owner of 10 Orange St., the original business office of Crown Woolen Mills, is a weaver. In a charming room right off her kitchen (which was originally the main office for owner and CEO, Mr. Moyer), a working loom is prominently on display, surrounded by bags and baskets of wool. It is a peaceful room and a tribute to the building's history, as well as testimony to one of this creative woman's many interests.

As the Crown Mills Project opens up for a tour to the public covering its progress, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 26, Cynthia will open 10 Orange St., her home, and invite the public in for a walk about. While people will enjoy the restoration of the building, they also will see many elements of its original purpose.

An original safe graces the entrance. Another one, so massive, it could not be moved without seriously compromising the structure of the house, is surrounded by shelves, and serves as storage. The pass way where so many lined up to receive their pay, is still there off the entrance leading to the living room (once the original accounting room). Floor to ceiling wooden shelves complement Cynthia's glassware and china in her now dining room. She even lowered the original windows down to the floor off the living room to take greater advantage of the view.

"Even in the winter time, if I listen closely enough, I can hear the water flowing in the creek," said Cynthia with a lovely smile and an air of gracious hospitality.

Admittedly, when her husband Bob Stevenson, noted portrait photographer and businessman bought the building in 1986, she didn't think too much of the building beyond planting flowers and mowing the lawn. It was just another place for her husband's far reaching business enterprises. Yet, after his death, it took on a more attractive look, as she contemplated moving out of her now too large family home on one of the many hills surrounding Marcellus.

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