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Sleepy Hollow is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County. The village is located on the east bank of the Hudson River.
Immortalized in Washington Irving’s famous tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this quiet Village has preserved much of its history and natural beauty. Initially an agricultural district, Sleepy Hollow later became a manufacturing center, producing items such as steam-powered automobiles, shoes, and batteries. Around the turn-of-the-century, Sleepy Hollow’s bucolic setting and close proximity to Manhattan attracted millionaires like Anson Phelps, Ambrose Kingsland and John D. Rockefeller, who built beautiful mansions in the area, some of which are open to the public.
The village is home to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, Walter P. Chrysler,Brooke Astor, Elizabeth Arden, Thomas J. Watson of IBM, Samuel Gompers, and many others are buried. Philipsburg Manor House and the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow are located in the village as well. In the year of the Half Moon, 1609, the two square miles that make up the Village of Sleepy Hollow belonged to the larger domain of the Weckquaesgeck Indians. This Native American tribe is variously described as a Delaware Tribe or a Mohican Tribe, or perhaps some mix of the two.
In 1655 Adriaen Van der Donck, a Dutch colonist, first published a work which referred to the Pocantico River as Slapershaven or, literally, Sleepers’ Haven. Sleepy Hollow appears to be a later, Anglicized version of this name and actually applied to the valley of the Pocantico River. It now serves as the name of the incorporated village.
In the late 1790s Washington Irving came to visit his friend and relative, James K. Paulding, in Tarrytown. Together the two young men explored the area of Sleepy Hollow, hunting and fishing and talking with local folk. The fruits of Irving’s visits were later to be immortalized in the story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In it the father of American literature drew heavily from Sleepy Hollow’s landscape and customs.
The industrial age had brought economic opportunity to the village, but it had also brought a fading awareness of the village’s unique historic and cultural legacy.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
Coffee Labs Roasters are a small, independent coffee roaster and coffee house located in Tarrytown NY. They are highly committed to working with sustainable coffee sources. Through direct trade & visiting farms in coffee growing regions, they form lasting relationships that ensure a fair price and a high quality product. Coffee Labs Roasters are a a certified 3 star green restaurant, and their coffee has won several awards, including America’s Best Espresso in 2013.
The Cherry Door Thrift Shop, located in the heart of the Tarrytown historic district, benefits Phelps Memorial Hospital Center.
Run entirely by volunteers, The Cherry Door is the place to browse, pick up incredible bargains, and enjoy a friendly atmosphere. You’ll find everything from books to bureaus, plates to pictures, sofas to suitcases, jewelry to jazz records and much more.
The Cherry Door may want what you no longer need. Donations of used items in good condition are welcome (please see our donation policy before bringing anything to the shop).
The Sleepy Hollow Recreation and Parks Department provides quality and diverse recreational programming for all ages – from tots to seniors, and also organizes community events.
All parks in the Village of Sleepy Hollow are maintained by the Department of Public Works. Programs, activities and permits are administered by the Department of Recreation.
The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns stretch along the east bank of the Hudson River, serving students from the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. It is an ethnically and socio-economically diverse district located in southern Westchester County, approximately 20 miles north of New York City.
The mission of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns is to empower students to make informed choices and assume responsibility for their own actions as they become self-directed, lifelong learners who are committed and able contributors to a sustainable local and global society. In partnership with our diverse community, we promote continuous growth through active engagement in a personalized learning environment characterized by high expectations and academic rigor in a climate of collaboration and mutual respect.
For more information about departments, tourism, and boards and committees, please visit the Village of Sleepy Hollow website.