It is that time of the year again , when the leaves change to a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors, and trickle down to earth, awaiting the feet of trick-or-treaters, who will be in search of their booty on All Hallows' Eve. It's also time for us to visit one of the most notable of Halloween locations, made famous by Washington Irving in his short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Yes, Sleepy Hollow is a real village, located about 30 miles north of Manhattan in New York State. The final resting place of its author, Wasington Irving, is there in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, with other noted individuals. Sleepy Hollow had a population of 9,870 in 2010.
According to residents, Halloween is a very busy time of the year in Sleepy Hollow, with many attractions for those who are not faint-of-heart. Some of these ghoulish places are the Philipsburg Manor House, which was built by Frederick Philipse in 1693. The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, where a master storyteller will be reading Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” while spooky organ music plays in the background.
Another classic haunting is the evening lantern tour of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. As you travel through the cemetery, listen closely, and you might hear the hoof beats of the Headless Horseman's phantom mount
Another option for the Halloween spirited traveler is the tour of other historic mansions in the area. Also visitors can take the haunted trail, and possible see and hear from some of the victims of the Horseman, and maybe, if you are unlucky, come face to..., well, come face to no face, with the Headless Horseman himself.
The traveler must not forget a place of dark shadows. If you like, Gothic mansions that are situated in isolated areas, visit Lyndhurst Mansion. It was here that the first two "Dark Shadows" movies were shot, and Barnabas Collins, and other undead family members dwell in our minds. It was also the home of the famous robber baron, Jay Gould.
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