Historical Society

Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

The Historical Society’s headquarters in the Jacob Odell house.

The Historical Society, Inc. Serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, 1 Grove Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-8374.
 The society is housed in the former home of Jacob Odell, first village president of Tarrytown. Collections include artifacts from the archeological dig of the Requa tenant farmstead, material relating to the capture of British spy Major John Andre by local militia, and domestic, educational and commercial objects relating to the history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown). Research collections include local newspapers from 1875 onward; books on local and state history; subject files on community institutions, people and events; records of local school districts and local businesses; historic maps and atlases covering local communities, Westchester County and the Hudson Valley; and historic photographs and postcards. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm and by appointment.

The society has two local histories in print through the Images of America series: Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow in the 20th Century and Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.

Parking: street.


Check the Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown calendar for more special events.

Tours – TarryHollow: Walking Through Time

The Historical Society presents the walking tour of all walking tours—especially if you’re interested in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow! This two-hour tour will introduce you to the unique history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and to some of the most intriguing people who have ever lived here. The guides will lead you through the many sections of the two historic Hudson River villages and regale you with tales both spectral and earthly. Starting from Patriots Park, you will journey past historic sites and buildings while the guides share stories of the individuals who made these places their home. The tales include historical accounts of real people and events—as well as a few mystical and unexplained incidents from the area’s eerie and legendary past. Each of our past residents has left a “ghostly” mark on the community, and a few of them may still linger nearby! Advance Reservations Required:  $19.99

• October 2014 Dates:
Saturdays, October 4, 18, 25 at 10 am. Saturday, October 4 at 1 pm.
Saturday, October 18 at 11 am.
Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 at 10 am. Sunday, October 5 at 1 pm.

• November 2014 Dates:
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 am
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

For information and ticket sales: www.thehistoricalsociety.net, 914-631-8374

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The Good, the Bad and the Unusual

Advanced reservations required. $25.
Join Sara Mascia and Tara Van Tassell (yep, she’s a real Van Tassell) on these evening walking tours of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery as they discover our colorful local residents and some of our world famous inhabitants. You’ll visit author Washington Irving, inventor and self-styled frontiersman Alfred Weed, eccentric poet Minna Irving, business owner and social activist Amanda Foster, wealthy industrialists William Rockefeller and John Archbold, labor leader Samuel Gompers, and many others—all by the light of kerosene lanterns! You might even talk Tara into spinning a few tales of her legendary family!

2014 Dates:
September: Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27; 7 pm
October:  Fridays, October 17, 24 and 31; 7 pm. Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25.
November: Saturday, November 1; 7 pm.