The Vine: January 11, 2013
When I was young, I read a couple of kids' books that were way older than me. Probably published no later than the '60s, possibly quite a bit earlier. A family purchased an old estate in the VA suburbs of DC. The father was a "G-man," or at least worked closely with them, and not around much. Mom was the typical smiling but not much involved type, and the kids (I think there were 4) mostly ran around getting into adventures.
These are neither the Bobbsey Twins nor the Happy Hollisters, but very much in that vein — I think the titles may even have been along the lines of "The Adventure in the Old Mansion" or something similar, but searches for that invariably bring up Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, etc. There was a magical negro who did maintenance around the estate, including a vivid scene where he scares off the bad guys while quietly scything the grass, and I think a cook who spoiled the kids with food for their adventures. In one of the stories they find a family of gypsies living in a cellar hole from a decrepit house nearby, and rescue some of them (a mother and infant?) to keep in their Underground Railroad-era basement hideaway. In another there is a Civil War-era ghost that shows up.
I know there were at least the two I read, but there may very well have been more in the series. Thanks for any help!
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