Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tours and events

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. Cemetery raconteur 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’.”

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s guided tours run April through November. Other programs and events run year round.


Daytime guided tours — 2016 dates

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery afternoon tour

Advanced reservations required. Two-hour tours $19.99; one-hour Original Knickerbocker tours $9.99.

The Classic Tour: Dig deeper into the history of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and its inhabitants. 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. You’ll also be introduced to some of the cemetery art, architecture, and symbols on the grounds, and tours almost always step into the cemetery’s 116-year-old underground receiving vault.

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. Meeting point: South Gate (430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

• August dates: The Classic, Sundays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 from 2 pm – 4 pm. Original Knickerbocker, Sundays, August 7, 14, 21, 28 from 11 am – noon.
• September dates:
 The Classic, Saturdays 3, 10, 17, 24 from 2 pm – 4 pm. Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25 from 2 pm – 4 pm. Original Knickerbocker, Saturdays 3, 10, 17, 24 from 11 am – noon. Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25 from 11 am – noon.
• October dates: Will be released on September 1.

Questions about Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tours? Email tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org.


Evening guided tours — 2016 dates

Advanced reservations required. $24.99.

_DSC6928• August dates: The Classic Lantern, Saturdays, August 13, 27 from 9 pm – 11 pm. Murder & Mayhem, Saturdays, August 6, 20 from 9 pm – 11 pm.
• 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.
• October dates: Will be released on September 1.

The Classic Evening Tour: These popular evening lantern tours introduce you to some of the famous and infamous residents of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery—all by the flickering light of kerosene lanterns. After paying respects to Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” you may visit a Revolutionary War militia captain, the cemetery’s Revolutionary War monument, the soaring Gothic monument of a wealthy merchant, industrialists Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller, and others. You’ll also be introduced to some of the cemetery art, architecture, and symbols on the grounds, and tours often step into the cemetery’s 114-year-old underground receiving vault.

Murder & Mayhem introduces some of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s fallen angels and colorful incidents. By the flickering light of a lantern you’ll meet both victims and perpetrators: the flamboyant businesswoman remembered as “the wickedest woman in New York,” a debonair counterfeiter, the scene of a grave robbery, a brotherly murder-suicide, and the celebrated opera singer who was alleged to have assaulted, extorted, and killed various of her seven husbands.

Schedule a tour

Tour operators, corporate groups, and other organizations, please email tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org for more information.