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.