The mystery: Nancy Drew convention comes here
What would Nancy Drew do in Charlottesville? That mystery is pretty easily solved in The Hidden Window Mystery, number 34 in the enduring series about the Titian-haired teen sleuth. Around 70 Nancy Drew fans will converge in Charlottesville March 30-April 3 and visit sites mentioned in the book, such as Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland, and Seven Oaks.
"We try to follow in Nancy Drew's footsteps," says organizer Jennifer Fisher. The locations were scouted out by the late Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, who wrote under the Carolyn Keene pen name, during a visit to Charlottesville in the 1950s during Garden Week.
In the book, published in 1956, Nancy Drew stayed at Seven Oaks, now owned by Dave Matthews Band manager Coran Capshaw. And she visited a nearby estate that appears to be Mirador, but is called Cumberland Manor in the book, says Fisher. In the course of searching for a missing stained-glass window, Drew and her chums stumble across a haunted mansion and mysterious peacocks.
Two convention events are open to the non-sleuthing public: On Friday, April 1, fans will convene at 11am at the Jefferson Madison Central Library with Virginia author Alison Hart. And on Saturday, April 2, the public is invited to join the convention from 9am to 5pm at the Holiday Inn on Emmet Street. Admission is the purchase of $10 worth of raffle tickets that will benefit the regional library.
original headline: The mystery of the Nancy Drew convention