Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, 914-631-0081. Founded in 1849, the cemetery is non-profit and non-sectarian. There are nearly 45,000 interments in its 90 acres.
Famous burials include Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, Samuel Gompers, Elizabeth Arden, Leona Helmsley, Brooke Astor, and William Rockefeller. Walk or drive the grounds on your own or try an afternoon or evening guided tour. A full-color, 17” x 20” map to more than 50 special features of the cemetery is available for purchase at the cemetery office during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, closed major holidays), online through Sleepy Hollow Gifts, or at the Philipsburg Manor museum shop at 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. Free legal-sized maps, perfect for a short, self-guided tour to major figures in the cemetery, are available in literature boxes at both entrances to the grounds.
Visiting hours: Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Grounds and gates close at 4:30 pm. Office hours: Monday through Friday, except major holidays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Parking: small lot inside the south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church. Parking is allowed along cemetery roads in areas where your vehicle will not block others. Do not park or drive on grass and graves.
Tours and other events
Check our Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown calendar for more special events. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery runs tours from April through November. In October, the cemetery hosts literary events featuring the work of Edgar Allan Poe and ghost stories by Washington Irving. For those over 21, there is Champagne Cocktails With the Dead, for children Spooky Stories!
Daytime guided tours — 2019 dates
Advance reservations required. Two-hour afternoon tours $19.99, one-hour Original Knickerbocker tours $9.99.
• The Classic: Soak up the beauty of this 170-year old cemetery while your guide regales you with stories of the fascinating people resting here in peace. This two-hour guided walk is the perfect way “to have a colloquy among the tombs” as Washington Irving, famous author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, did himself back in 1849.
As The Legend Turns 200, we pay homage to the great author, but also introduce visitors to some of the other interesting people buried here like Andrew Carnegie, Samuel Gompers, William Rockefeller among others! Compare the amazing architecture of the south and north ends of the grounds, discover the meaning of unusual symbols along the way. This tour gives a great overview of why Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is so famous! Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. through November 30th. Also 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon October 5th through November 10th. The meeting point is the cemetery’s South Gate, 430 North Broadway.
• The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Why is Washington Irving known as the Original Knickerbocker? Come on this one-hour walking tour and find out! Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving, his enormous impact on American Literature and the enduring appeal of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, now entering its Bicentennial! Don’t miss this chance to celebrate The Legend Turns 200, though we can’t promise you a horseman sighting! He is a legend after all…You’ll also enter the Receiving Vault, see the Revolutionary War Memorial and “meet” some of Irving’s contemporaries on this tour. It’s a fun way to spend an hour! Dates: In September every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon. October through November 30th from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon and also 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The meeting point is the cemetery’s South Gate, 430 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY.
Evening guided tours — 2019 dates
Advance reservations required. $24.99. The meeting point for all evening tours is the cemetery’s North Gate, 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY.
• The Classic Lantern Tour follows the same route as the daytime tour, but the atmosphere is completely different in the dark. Dates: In September every Friday and Saturday evening 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. In October every night through November 16th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Also from 10:00 p.m. – 12 midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 10th – and on Halloween night! November 23rd and 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. only.
• Murder and Mayhem Evening Lantern Tours: Looking to hear some darker – but all true! – stories? Meet fallen angels and helpless victims on this two-hour walking tour through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Visit by lantern light the flamboyant businesswoman branded “the wickedest woman in New York,” a debonair counterfeiter, the scene of a grave robbery, victims of “the Mad Murderer of Sleepy Hollow,” a brotherly murder-suicide, and the celebrated opera singer who was alleged to have assaulted, extorted, and killed various of her seven husbands, and more. Subject matter is not suitable for children under 18. Dates: In September every Saturday night from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday night 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. in October – plus Halloween night! – through November 9th. November 16, 23 and 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. only.
• The Good, the Bad and the Unusual: Join Sara Mascia and Tara Van Tassell from our local historical society as they dish about our colorful local residents and some of our world famous inhabitants. You can guess who will be good, bad, or unusual! Among the many locals are self-styled frontiersman Alfred Weed, poet and eccentric Minna Irving, and wealthy industrialists William Rockefeller and John Archbold. They will also bring guests to visit some of the individuals who became locals by making Sleepy Hollow their final resting place, such as labor leader Samuel Gompers, and many others all by the light of kerosene lanterns. Yes, Tara is a real Van Tassell! Dates: September 21, 28 and October 4, 5, 11 and 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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