A trip to Sleepy Hollow isn’t complete without a visit to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and its famous residents, including Elizabeth Arden, Brooke Astor, Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, Samuel Gompers, Washington Irving, and William Rockefeller. Author Doug Keister sums it up: “Sleepy Hollow has it all; spooky lilting 18th century death’s head tombstones, twisting narrow roads, majestic mausoleums and magnificent statuary, perfectly placed onto a hilly woodland canvas. It’s a cemetery with a capital ‘C’.”
2016 Evening tours
Advance reservations required. Two-hour tours $24.99.
• September dates: The Classic Lantern, Fridays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 8 pm – 10 pm; Saturdays 10, 24 from 8 pm – 10 pm. Murder & Mayhem, Saturdays, 3, 17 from 8 pm – 10 pm. The Good, the Bad and the Unusual, September 24 and 30th from 7 pm – 9 pm.
• October dates: The Classic Lantern, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus October 19, 24, 25, 26, 27. Also Halloween night from 7 – 9 pm and 10 pm – 12 midnight! Murder & Mayhem, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 pm – 10 pm. Halloween 8 – 10 pm and 10 pm – 12 midnight. The Good, the Bad and the Unusual, October 1, 14 and 15 from 7 pm – 9 pm.
• November dates: The Classic Lantern, November 4, 5, 6 11, and 12th from 7 pm – 9 pm and 10 pm – 12 midnight. November 13, 19, and 26th 7 pm – 9 pm only. Murder & Mayhem, Thursdays, November 3 and 10th and Saturdays, November 5 and 12th from 8 pm – 10 pm.
The Classic Lantern Tour Soak up the beauty of this 167-year old cemetery while your guide regales you with stories of the fascinating people resting here in peace. These two-hour guided walks are 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. A great choice for first time visitors! Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)
Murder & Mayhem This two-hour tour introduces some of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s fallen angels and colorful incidents. By lantern light you will meet both victims and perpetrators: 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. Subject matter is not suitable for children. Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)
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! Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)
2016 Daytime guided tours
Advance reservations required. Two-hour classic tours $19.99. One-hour Original Knickerbocker tours $9.99
• September dates: The Classic, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in September from 2 pm – 4 pm. Original Knickerbocker, every Saturday and Sunday in September from 11 am – noon.
• October dates: The Classic, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in October (plus Columbus Day Monday) from 2 pm – 4 pm. Original Knickerbocker, every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 12 noon, and 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Also, Columbus Day Monday from 11 am – 12 noon. October 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and Halloween from 2 pm – 3pm.
• November dates: The Classic, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in November from 2 pm – 4 pm. Original Knickerbocker, Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 12 noon, and 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
The Classic Tour Dig deeper into the history of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and its residents. On these two-hour walks you’ll hear of Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Revolutionary War veterans, wealthy industrialists, and others. We also introduce some of the cemetery art, architecture, and symbols on our grounds, and we almost always step into the cemetery’s 116-year-old underground receiving vault. A great choice for first time visitors! Meeting point: South Gate (430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)
The Original Knickerbocker – Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Trace the footsteps of Washington Irving’s most famous character – Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – as you walk to the author’s final resting place in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving and his influence on popular culture today on this popular one-hour tour. Meeting point: South Gate (430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)