Sleepy Hollow, New York
Thanks to Washington Irving’s piece of short speculative fiction, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, many know about this village even before venturing through its streets. Located within a town called (quite ironically) Mount Pleasant in New York, Sleepy Hollow was put on the map after Irving’s haunting tale rose to fame after publication in 1820.
While exploring Sleepy Hollow, visitors are treated to significant cultural sites, including Irving’s own home and the village’s cemetery where famous figures now rest. A fantastic array of festivals and events grace the streets of Sleepy Hollow throughout the year as well. Those looking to learn about the past and to hear more spooky legends can visit this village by joining a cruise with American Cruise Lines.
River cruises typically dock along the Hudson River near River Street. This is located in neighbouring Tarrytown.
Facilities near the port include:
How to Get Around
Trains, taxis and buses are the most common modes of transport in Sleepy Hollow. Those wanting to take in the sights of the town at a slower pace can walk to some of its attractions.
Travel times from the terminal
It is a 19 minute journey to Philipsburg Manor.
It is a 5 minute journey to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
It is a 9 minute journey to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside
It is a 9 minute journey to Rockefeller State Park Preserve
It is a 3 minute journey to Philipsburg Manor.
Currency – The currency in Sleepy Hollow is the United States dollar (USD). Banknotes are printed in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100. Coins come in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and you can find both a silver and a gold USD$1.
Time Zone – The clocks in Sleepy Hollow run by Eastern Standard Time (EST), putting the village 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Saving Time is observed from March to November, and locals change their clocks by setting them forward one hour during these months.
Weather – Sleepy Hollow observes a warm summer climate with temperatures averaging 20 degrees Celsius. The hottest month of the year is July, with maximum temperatures averaging 29 degrees Celsius. January sees the coldest weather, with minimum temperatures averaging -5 degrees Celsius.
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside – Visit Sunnyside, the immaculate former home of Washington Irving himself. The home, which is now a National Historic Landmark, is filled with Irving’s possessions, including his books, writing desk and furniture. Visitors can follow guides dressed in era-appropriate costume to hear how the house was designed to meet Irving’s romantic vision of history, nature and the arts. Those wanting to experience an authentic mid-19th century lifestyle should definitely stop by this beautiful estate. Visitors can even bask in stunning views of the Hudson River by following a curved path away from the house.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – No visit to Sleepy Hollow is complete without creeping through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Numerous celebrities rest here, including Washington Irving, William Rockefeller, Elizabeth Arden, Walter Chrysler and Brooke Astor to name a few. Visitors can take night-time or daytime guided tours to learn about the cemetery’s Revolutionary War monument, as well as the various art pieces and symbols found throughout the grounds. Guests can even head into the cemetery’s 155-year-old underground receiving vault! Some of the cemetery’s tours are themed, allowing visitors to delve deeper into The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving’s life and the lives of prominent and infamous past residents. If you’re easily startled, it might be best to tour only during daylight hours.
Philipsburg Manor – Once home to numerous farmers and African slaves, Philipsburg Manor is an intriguing place to visit to learn about Sleepy Hollow’s past. Operated by Historic Hudson Valley, visitors are able to take tours through Philipsburg Manor to view interpretations and re-enactments of 18th century life. During tours, visitors will learn about how the Lord of the manor, Frederick Philipse, worked his way up to own a plantation in Sleepy Hollow, and how he built his empire using slave labour. 17th and 18th century decorations, furnishings and artefacts can all be found throughout the manor.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve – Rockefeller State Park Preserve is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in beautiful surrounds. Horseback riding, jogging, sightseeing, and, during winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are some of the preserve’s popular activities. Art-lovers will be in their element at the preserve’s gallery, which exhibits the work of local artists. Visitors will also notice numerous carriage roads throughout the preserve, which were built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. These roads give both locals and tourists alike the chance to properly appreciate the region’s stunning natural scenery.