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What a great Halloween! Ditch and I finally saw the headless horseman and I got scared! We then decided to read about the headless horseman in a story called The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by an author named Washington Irving. Guess when he wrote the story? In 1820! The story is about a teacher named Ichabod Crane who lives in Sleepy Hollow and hears about the headless horseman who rides around looking for his head. Ditch and I never heard of this story when we were going to gopher school back in our village. We did read story about gopher that rode around on a very fast turtle that could dig any hole faster than anyone. What a story!

After reading, Ditch said it's still Halloween so let's get more candy around Sleepy Hollow town. Then we went to Halloween festival called The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze. It's near Sleepy Hollow. At the Blaze event there were over 3,000 pumpkins with carved faces and flickering candles inside them! It looked Halloween scary! Did you ever see a pyramid or a dinosaur made out of pumpkins? They have those things at the Blaze Halloween festival. During the festival I lost Ditch. Maybe he was in a big field that had a maze made out of pumpkins! I asked everyone – did you see a gopher with silly blonde hair running around in a pumpkin maze? I finally found Ditch sitting in big wagon with lots of happy pumpkin maze people! They were on a haunted Halloween hay ride through the pumpkin maze! Ditch is first gopher on haunted hayride ever!

Happy Halloween!

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Philipsburg Manor

This 300-year-old manor includes a farm and a millpond. It was originally owned by one of the first citizens of the Sleepy Hollow area, Frederick Philipse. It is a National Historic Landmark. The farm has an 18th century barn, a garden, farmhouse and a working water-powered grain mill, which still turns grain into flour. Guides dressed in costumes of the time act out colonial life by doing chores, milking the cows, feeding the chickens and sheep and grinding grain in the mill. Visit the dairy, kitchens, bedrooms, warehouse rooms and parlor in the main house. In the working kitchen you can shell some beans or prepare a fresh tray of biscuits.

The Old Dutch Church

This church was originally built as the church on the property of Frederick Philipse. It was used as the church for the people who worked and lived on his property. The church has been in constant use since 1690, except for a few years during the American Revolution. In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, the old churchyard is where the Headless Horseman ties his horse up every night "among the graves." This is also the spot where Ichabod Crane hides from the Headless Horseman in the Legend. If you tour the burial grounds, you might find the headstone of the real Catriena Ecker Van Tessel, otherwise known as Katrina Van Tassel, one of the main characters in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. There is a storyteller on the property who will thrill fans with the re-telling of the Washington Irving tale.

Headless Horseman Bridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Although this is a great old bridge to visit, it is not the exact bridge where the Headless Horseman ran Ichabod Crane off the road in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The location of the old, wooden bridge where Ichabod fell off his horse in the story has been gone for many years. This new bridge is inside Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, across the Pocantico River. The bridge's roughly shaped wooden boards rattle like the sounds of horse hoofs when cars cross the bridge. Just like the days of Ichabod! The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery surrounds the Old Dutch Burying Ground, the place known in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as the resting place of the Headless Horseman. Visit the gravesite of Washington Irving at the southern end of the cemetery in a plot overlooking the old church.

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Local Chow


What better thing to eat during Halloween season than all things pumpkin? Pumpkins are a type of orange squash. Sleepy Hollow and the surrounding area are home to many pumpkin patches. These patches and local farms are great places to find delicious items made from pumpkins. Some delicious pumpkin goods include: pumpkin pie, breads, soup and even cookies. Pumpkins can be boiled, baked, steamed, mashed or roasted. Pumpkin seeds in their shells can be roasted and eaten as a yummy snack. Shelled pumpkin seeds, also known as Pepitas, are small, flat and green.

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Digging History


Henry Hudson, an English sea explorer, while working for the Dutch east India Company, claims the Hudson River Valley for Holland.


England gains control of the Hudson River Valley region.


The first residence in Tarrytown is built.


Frederick Philipse, the largest landowner in Tarrytown, builds a mill, manor house, and the Old Dutch Church.


The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is published in "The Sketchbook."


Washington Irving buys a two-room Dutch stone house along the Hudson River and names it Sunnyside.


The building of the Croton Aqueduct begins to bring fresh water to New York City.


The Croton Aqueduct is completed, bringing fresh water to New York City from the Hudson River Valley for the first time.


The New York & Hudson River Railroad connects New York City and Albany, bringing train service to Tarrytown.


Washington Irving dies.


Sleepy Hollow is incorporated as a separate town from Tarrytown.


The Tarrytown Lighthouse located off Kingsland Point is constructed.


Chocolate candy factory owner, William Wallace, builds the Tarrytown Music Hall.


Kykuit, the John D. Rockefeller Estate, is completed.


Sunnyside opens to the public for tours.


The Philipsburg Manor is declared a National Historic Landmark.


Sunnyside is declared a National Historic Landmark.


Sunnyside is added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Kykuit is added to the National Register of Historic Places and as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.


The people of Tarrytown vote to officially change the name of the town to Sleepy Hollow.

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