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’.”
2019 Daytime guided tours
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 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: Saturdays and Sundays 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.
2019 Evening guided tours
Advance reservations required. Two-hour evening tours $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 covers the same stops as the Classic Day Tour, but it goes by the light of kerosene lanterns. Step back in time and enjoy the fun atmosphere! It’s just the right amount of spooky to be walking around the cemetery after dark while your guide shares stories of the fascinating people resting here in peace. This tour gives a great overview of why Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is so famous – all by the light of kerosene lanterns! Dates: November 8th – 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m and also from 10:00 p.m. – 12 midnight. November 6th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, and 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
• 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: November 8th – 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. November 16th, 23rd and 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. only.
• The Good, the Bad and the Unusual: Join Sara Mascia and Tara Van Tassel 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 Tassel! Dates: October 4, 5, 11 and 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.