Nancy Drew, Who Knew? The Maplewood Connection

March 18, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

The long running, mega popular girl detective book series that has inspired countless women over the decades, including Hillary Clinton and Sandra Day O’Connor, did not take place in a town called Maplewood (though it very well could have.) But Harriet Adams, the daughter of entrepreneur Edward Stratemayer who created the character Nancy, as well as those of other juvenile adventurers such as the Hardy Boys, did happily make her home here for over 60 years. This informal program will shed light on the part Harriet played in the writing and editing of the over 200 Nancy Drew books, the location in Maplewood Village of the secretive Stratemayer Syndicate office and other intriguing facts. Cover art created in the 1980’s and 1990’s by local artist Tricia Zimic for the updated The Nancy Drew Files will also be on view.

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Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.


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