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.

Evening guided tours — 2015 dates


Advanced reservations required.

These popular evening lantern tours introduce you to some of the famous and infamous residents of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery—all by the 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 115-year-old underground receiving vault.

• 2015 Evening Dates:
The Classic Lantern Tour: November 15 and 21 at 7 pm.
Murder & Mayhem: November 14 and 28 at 7 pm.

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Walking Tours

Afternoon guided tours — 2015 dates

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery afternoon tour

Advanced reservations required.

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 art and architecture on the grounds, learn to decipher cryptic cemetery symbols, and step into a 115-year-old underground vault.

• 2015 Afternoon Dates:
The Classic Tour: Saturdays and Sundays in October and November.
The Original Knickerbocker – Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Every Saturday and Sunday in October at 11 am and 12:30 pm. On October 21, 22, 23 and all Halloween week at 2 pm. November 1 at 11 am and 12:30 pm.

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Champagne Cocktails with the Dead

Join a fundraiser to benefit the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund. Mix and mingle over light refreshments – and a champagne cocktail or two! – with some of the cemetery’s most colorful characters who will come back to life for one night only.

The chance to “meet” such notables as Washington Irving, world famous author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Gladys Glad, one-time Ziegfeld Follies girl, and Francis Saltus, the almost famous, very dissolute Bohemian poet, among others is a unique opportunity not to be missed! Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 7-9 p.m.

Advanced reservations required. $50. 21 and older.

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Themed tour. 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.

Themed tour.  The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & the Legend of Sleepy Hollow traces the footsteps of Washington Irving’s most famous character—Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”—as we walk to the author’s final resting place. Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving and his influence on popular culture today. We will also enter the cemetery’s 115-year old receiving vault, stop at a Revolutionary War monument, visit wealthy industrialists, as well as admire the cemetery’s lovely art and architecture during this one-hour walking tour.

Themed tour. 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, a crop of Alexander Hamiltons, and many others all by the light of kerosene lanterns. Yes, Tara is a real Van Tassell!

Schedule a tour

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