Posts Tagged ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Old Dutch Church

October 8 – We walk the atmospheric Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on a gloomy, rainy day. Snapped this photo a few days previously while we were touring  across the street. This is the church and cemetery that inspired Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Beyond the Dutch Cemetery, the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery has all kinds of famous people to visit – Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, Samuel Gompers, Elizabeth Arden, Leona Helmsley, and so many other souls, famous or not.  It’s a wonderful, hilly and wooded cemetery to walk.

Washington Irving’s Grave

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Andrew Carnegie’s Gravesite

There’s also a reconstruction of the Headless Horseman Bridge, which used to be near the Old Dutch Church.

Headless Horseman Bridge (not original)

We stay at Croton Point County Park for an entire week, partly to be sure that we have a nice place to stay during Columbus Day Weekend, which can be crazy – and there’s a lot to see in the area.  A very hyped event,  The Blaze, starts Columbus Day Weekend, so we buy advance tickets for Monday night, our last night in the area.  I would like to rave, but have to admit, as pretty and interesting as it was to see so many scenes with lit pumpkins, I grew a little tired of moving along in lines of people taking pictures (ha, me too, although nowhere near as many) and dare I say it, a bit bored?  Plus, we found out that some of the more elaborate arrangements, although hand-carved, are not real pumpkins, but just re-assembled year after year.  I kind of regretted not going to the scare-fest, Horseman’s Hollow (although I probably would have had a heart-attack), or a reading of  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the old Dutch Church.  Sorry, Blaze.

T-Rex at the Blaze

The Blaze

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Phillipsburg Manor, NY

We decide to visit Phillipsburg Manor because we’ve read that it’s going to offer a view into the lives of the slaves that worked this gristmill and farm.  Our tour guide for the manor is really disappointing, taciturn, unresponsive to questions and we feel that we haven’t learned what we might have here, especially in comparison to other well- guided historical sites. It’s a beautiful site, though and it’s fun to walk alongside the free-roaming sheep and other animals.

Since it’s October, the other treat for us, I’m sure not so much for tourists who came to see an unspoiled historic site, was the readying for the Horseman’s Hollow extravaganza, which starts the next night.  There are cemeteries, tents, scary buildings going up all around, and plenty of props, not yet distributed –  Bwahaha…

Horseman’s Hollow preparations

Phillipsburg Manor/ Horseman’s Hollow

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