Old Dutch Church tours and events

Don’t miss the Old Dutch Church on your visit to Sleepy Hollow. The church and its 3-acre burying ground are the very ones from Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”


Old Dutch Church Fest

Food & beverages, tours of the historic church and burying ground, souvenirs, and maybe even the Headless Horseman himself.

2019 dates: October 12-13, 19-20, 26-27.

For information: https://reformedchurchtarrytowns.org, 914-631-4497.


Self-guided tours — year round

Purchase a copy of Tales of the Old Dutch Burying Ground from Sleepy Hollow Gifts, or at the museum shop at Philipsburg Manor. A fold-out map at the center of the book guides you through the colonial-era churchyard and its historic residents.

Parking: none on site. Park inside the adjacent Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and walk into the churchyard. Please note that Sleepy Hollow Cemetery gates and grounds close at 4:30 pm.


“Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper, having been buried in the church-yard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head; and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the church-yard before daybreak.”The Legend of Sleepy Hollow