The Village Of Sleepy Hollow, Not Quite Like The Legend’s Dark Tale

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Most people know about Sleepy Hollow as the American-German horror film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, a story that follows police constable Ichabod Crane sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman.

The village, which I visited in October, is only about an hour’s drive from New York City, located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Originally incorporated as North Tarrytown in the late 19th century, in 1996 the village officially adopted the traditional name for the area, known to many through the Irving tale.


There isn’t much to see or do in the village quite frankly, although it is a lovely small New York state town and around Halloween, it’s always fun to meander through its cemetery, which is where Washington Irving is buried, along with Andrew Carnegie, Walter P. Chrysler, Brooke Astor, Elizabeth Arden, Thomas J. Watson of IBM, Samuel Gompers, and many others.

Of course we didn’t see a headless horseman that looked anything like the visual you have from the scary tale we remember as children nor was there moody mist to spook you into submission.

But, truth be told, in the spirit of Halloween, there was a headless horseman parading through the town during the day. Philipsburg Manor House and the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow are located in the village as well.


Photo credit: Old Haunted Sleepy Hollow horse by scifichristian. com. All other photos by Renee Blodgett.

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Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

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