The Real Sleepy Hollow

  • By M@ggie
  • July 26, 2014
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We went to a friend’s wedding (Alex, my amusing, goofy work friend, whom you have pictures of here) up in NY. Actually the wedding ended up being not that far from where I grew up – probably 20 minutes away!

We had some time to kill before the wedding, and our other friends had already gone to Storm King (a sculpture park), so Doug and I headed across the Tappan Zee bridge to investigate Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Yes, I grew up 20 minutes away and had never been there.

It was fun.

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Phillipsburg Manor, a mid-18th century house and gristmill run by a family that owned a lot of slaves (not as common a thing in the North). :-/
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They definitely embrace the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow:
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This is the stream that Ichabod Crane tried to reach when being chased by the Headless Horseman. There used to be a bridge over it, which is no longer there:
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But there is a sign now! The church behind it, is the Old Dutch Church. Its graveyard is where the Headless Horseman hangs out.
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Washington Irving is buried here.
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(This trip felt a bit like an Amazing Race leg – find the Sleepy Hollow sign, find Washington Irving’s grave, find the spot where Ichabod Crane met the Headless Horseman…)

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Ichabod met up with the Headless Horseman (yeah, we’re kind of doing this backwards) at this spot where the Andre Capture memorial is now. It’s where the British spy Major Andre was captured in 1780.
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The Tappan Zee bridge:
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