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

Our local historical society’s two-hour tour introduces the unique history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and 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 enticing tales of local lore. 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 unexplained incidents from the area’s legendary past. Each of our past residents has left their mark on the community, and a few of them may still linger nearby! Advance Reservations Required: $19.99

• 2019 Dates:
October: 12, 19, 20, 26 at 10 am.

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

Tours – TarryHollow: Heroes and Villains?

Although small in size, the villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have been home to larger than life personalities and events that shaped American history. On this two-hour walking tour, you will visit the Captors’ Monument and learn about the three local militiamen who captured British spy Major John André, triggering the discovery of Benedict Arnold’s treason. You will hear about the men and women of the Philipse family, some of the largest landholders in colonial New York, who lost everything by backing the wrong side in the American Revolution. You will ponder a murder mystery immortalized by one of America’s most famous authors that still intrigues investigators today. Heroes and happenstance, traitors and treason – all awaiting your discovery in one history-packed square mile. Advance Reservations Required: $19.99

• Fall 2019 Dates:
September: 22 at 10:00 am

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