Spend your day in Sleeping Hollow: What to do in Halloween.
Start your day: Breakfast at Bella’s Coffee Shop, Tarrytown, 55 South Broadway.
Move down the graveyard.
Find out ‘The Tale of Erving’ …
The ‘Unsilent Photo’ encounter …
Switch down to Tarrytown.
And end the day with a yell.
Sleepy Hollow is a village in the community of Mount Friendly, New York, in Westchester County. The village sits on the east side of the Hudson River, approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of New York City, and is served by the Metro-North Hudson Line stop at Philipse Manor.
Sleepy Hollow, New York, formerly known as Tarrytown, is famous for being the location
for Washington Irving’s book “The Sleepy Hollow Mystery,” but as a Dutch village, it has has a long and rich past.
The Real Story
Irving writes the tale was based on a legend he learned about the spirit of a Revolutionary War Hessian solider who was beheaded in combat and held visiting the area. But this was not only a tale handed on from some ancient war ancestor.
Others claim that Irving was influenced by “a real Hessian soldier who was beheaded by a cannonball during the Battle of White Plains, during Halloween 1776,” according to the New-York Historical Society. Irving’s tale takes place in Small Hollow, in Westchester County,
In 1790, the plot is set in the farmland surrounding Tarry Town’s Dutch
settlement (historical Tarrytown, New York), in a secluded glen known as Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow is known for its spirits and the eerie feeling pervading its residents and
“The Sleepy Hollow Tradition” is a gothic tale by the American author Washington Irving, published in his compilation of 34 essays and short stories entitled Geoffrey Crayon’s Sketch Book, Gent. “The Tale of Sleepy Hollow” was first published in 1820, written when Irving was staying abroad in Birmingham, England.
Along with Irving’s corresponding piece “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Tale of Sleepy Hollow” is one of the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring success, particularly during Halloween because of a character recognized as the Headless Horseman who assumed he was a Hessian soldier decapitated by a cannonball in combat.