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Headless horseman at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
Headless horseman carrying pumpkin at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

The Legend turns 200!

Author, statesman and traveler: Washington Irving profoundly impacted American culture. He is known today primarily for the American folktales found in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2019-2020. This collection famously contains “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle,” two stories that romanticize colonial life on the Hudson River. Irving’s influence is still felt today and goes far beyond his “Legend.”

The Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, together with a number of partner organizations, are exploring Irving’s cultural and artistic legacy in a celebration that will engage the local community and our many visitors throughout 2019 and 2020.

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Legend Landmarks

The Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, New York.

This is the church where Ichabod fancied himself choirmaster. From its 2 acre burial ground, the headless horseman rises nightly in search of his head.

Address: 430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York

Open: by appointment. Grounds open daily.

Phone: 914-631-4497

The grist mill at Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills, Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Ichabod sauntered around this mill pond with a bevy of country damsels, impressing them with his superior elegance.

Address: 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York

Open: closed for the season.

Phone: 914-366-6900

Andre captors monument, Tarrytown, New York

The place where British spy John Andre was captured is where Ichabod Crane first beholds something huge, misshapen and towering in the gloom of night–a headless apparition!

Address: Patriots Park, N. Broadway, Tarrytown, New York

Open: park open dawn to dusk.

Phone: 914-631-8389

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Two hun­dred years ago, Wash­ing­ton Irv­ing pub­lished The Sketch Book of Ge­of­frey Crayon, Gent. The ti­tle may be un­fa­mil­iar, but the book changed every­thing for Sleepy Hol­low and Tar­ry­town. Amidst its es­says and short sto­ries is Amer­i­ca’s first pub­lished ghost story: The Leg­end of Sleepy Hol­low . . .

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The Hudson Independent

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200 years ago: Washington Irving pens The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Hudson Valley Magazine

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. . . the stars aligned in 2019, with the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s story, the 70th of Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the 20th of Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow all falling this year . . .

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River Journal

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Although it is one of Irving’s shortest works, it has had a long life since it first was published in 1820.

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Historic Hudson Valley

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The Legend Bicentennial Committee

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

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