The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
|Welcome to "Sleepy Hollow"!|
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
|Sign at the entrance to Sleepy Hollow Cemetry|
One of Icabod Crane’s sources of fearful pleasure was to pass long winter evenings with the old Dutch wives as they sat spinning by the fire, and listen to their marvelous tales of ghosts and goblins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses, and particularly of the headless horseman, or Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, as they sometimes called him; all the while trying to win the affections of the Lady Abigail Van Tassel.
|The Old Dutch Church|
|Tombstones dating back to the 1600's|
As one strolls past the Old Dutch Church on a dark Halloween night, it is easy to imagine the shadow of the horseman rising up from behind the gravestones, many dating back to the 1600’s. Armed with a jack-o-lantern, the Horseman gallops along in search of his head; wherein lies the history of the Headless Horseman of Sleep Hollow which began over 200 years ago, and his spirit has lived here ever since.
|The Graves of the Inhabitants of "The Old Dutch Church"|
|A Halloween View along the Hudson|