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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.