Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York
|Size||90 acres (36 ha)|
|No. of interments||approx. 45,000|
|Find a Grave||Sleepy Hollow Cemetery|
|The Political Graveyard||Sleepy Hollow Cemetery|
|Area||approx. 85 acres (34 ha)|
|NRHP reference No.||09000380|
|Added to NRHP||June 3, 2009|
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, is the final resting place of numerous famous figures, including Washington Irving, whose 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is set in the adjacent burying ground at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. Incorporated in 1849 as Tarrytown Cemetery, the site posthumously honored Irving's request that it change its name to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
The cemetery is a non-profit, non-sectarian burying ground of about 90 acres (36 ha). It is contiguous with, but separate from, the churchyard of the Old Dutch Church, the colonial-era church that was a setting for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The Rockefeller family estate (Kykuit), whose grounds abut Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, contains the private Rockefeller cemetery.
In 1894 under the leadership of Marcius D. Raymond, publisher of the local Tarrytown Argus newspaper, funds were raised to build a granite monument honoring the soldiers of the American Revolutionary War buried in the cemetery.
The Helmsley mausoleum, final resting place of Harry and Leona Helmsley, features a window showing the skyline of Manhattan in stained glass. It was built by Mrs. Helmsley at a cost of $1.4 million in 2007. She had her husband's body moved from its resting place in Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx, New York) to the new mausoleum.
Numerous notable people are interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, including:
- Viola Allen (1867–1948), actress
- John Dustin Archbold (1848–1916), a director of the Standard Oil Company
- Elizabeth Arden (1878–1966), businesswoman who built a cosmetics empire
- Brooke Astor (1902–2007), philanthropist and socialite
- Vincent Astor (1891–1959), philanthropist; member of the Astor family
- Leo Baekeland (1863–1944), the father of plastic; Bakelite is named for him. The murder of his grandson's wife Barbara by his great-grandson, Tony, is told in the book Savage Grace
- Robert Livingston Beeckman (1866–1935), American politician and Governor of Rhode Island
- Marty Bergen (1869-1906), American National Champion Thoroughbred racing jockey
- Holbrook Blinn (1872–1928), American actor
- Henry E. Bliss (1870–1955), devised the Bliss library classification system
- Artur Bodanzky (1877–1939), conductor at New York Metropolitan Opera
- Major Edward Bowes (1874–1946), early radio star, he hosted Major Bowes' Amateur Hour
- Alice Brady (1892–1939), American actress
- Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), businessman and philanthropist; monument by Scots sculptor George Henry Paulin
- Louise Whitfield Carnegie (1857–1946), wife of Andrew Carnegie
- Walter Chrysler (1875–1940), businessman, commissioned the Chrysler Building and founded the Chrysler Corporation
- Francis Pharcellus Church (1839–1906), editor at The New York Sun who penned the editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"
- William Conant Church (1836–1917), co-founder of Armed Forces Journal and the National Rifle Association
- Henry Sloane Coffin (1877–1954), teacher, minister, and author
- William Sloane Coffin, Sr. (1879–1933), businessman
- Kent Cooper (1880–1965), influential head of the Associated Press from 1925 to 1948
- Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900), landscape painter and architect; designed the now-demolished New York City Sixth Avenue elevated railroad stations
- Floyd Crosby (1899–1985), Oscar-winning cinematographer, father of musician David Crosby
- Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge (1882–1973), heiress and patron of the arts
- William H. Douglas (1853–1944), U.S. Representative from New York
- Maud Earl (1864–1943), British-American painter of canines
- Parker Fennelly (1891–1988), American actor
- Malcolm Webster Ford (1862–1902), champion amateur athlete and journalist; brother of Paul, he took his own life after slaying his brother.
- Paul Leicester Ford (1865–1902), editor, bibliographer, novelist, and biographer; brother of Malcolm Webster Ford by whose hand he died
- Dixon Ryan Fox (1887–1945), educator and president of Union College, New York
- Herman Frasch (1851–1914), engineer, the Sulphur King
- Samuel Gompers (1850–1924), founder of the American Federation of Labor
- Madison Grant (1865–1937), eugenicist and conservationist, author of The Passing of the Great Race
- Moses Hicks Grinnell (1803–1877), congressman and Central Park Commissioner
- Walter S. Gurnee (1805–1903), mayor of Chicago
- Angelica Hamilton (1784–1857), the older of two daughters of Alexander Hamilton
- James Alexander Hamilton (1788–1878), third son of Alexander Hamilton
- Robert Havell, Jr. (1793–1878), British-American engraver who printed and colored John James Audubon's monumental Birds of America series, also painter in the style of the Hudson River School
- Mark Hellinger (1903–1947), primarily known as a journalist of New York theatre. The Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York City is named for him; produced The Naked City, a 1948 film noir
- Harry Helmsley (1909–1997), real estate mogul who built a company that became one of the biggest property holders in the United States, and his wife Leona Helmsley (1920–2007), in a mausoleum with a stained-glass panorama of the Manhattan skyline. Leona famously bequeathed $12 million to her dog.
- Eliza Hamilton Holly (1799–1859), younger daughter of Alexander Hamilton
- Raymond Mathewson Hood (1881–1934), architect
- William Howard Hoople (1868–1922), a leader of the nineteenth-century American Holiness movement; the co-founder of the Association of Pentecostal Churches of America, and one of the early leaders of the Church of the Nazarene
- Washington Irving (1783–1859), author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"
- William Irving (1766–1821), U.S. Congressman from New York
- George Jones (1811–1891), co-founder of The New York Times
- Albert Lasker (1880–1952), pioneer of the American advertising industry, part owner of baseball team the Chicago Cubs, and wife Mary Lasker (1900–1994), an American health activist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal
- Walter W. Law, Jr. (1871–1958), lawyer and politician, son of Briarcliff Manor founder Walter W. Law
- Lewis Edward Lawes (1883–1947), Reformist warden of Sing Sing prison
- William E. Le Roy (1818–1888), United States Navy rear admiral
- Ann Lohman (1812–1878), a.k.a. Madame Restell, 19th century purveyor of patent medicine and abortions
- Charles D. Millard (1873–1944), member of U.S. House of Representatives from New York
- Darius Ogden Mills (1825–1910), made a fortune during California's gold rush and expanded his wealth further through New York City real estate
- Belle Moskowitz (1877–1933), political advisor and social activist
- Robertson Kirtland Mygatt (1861–1919), noted American Landscape painter, part of the Tonalist movement in Impressionism
- N. Holmes Odell (1828–1904), U.S. Representative from New York
- George Washington Olvany (1876–1952), New York General Sessions Court judge and leader of Tammany Hall
- William Orton (1826–1878), President of Western Union
- Whitelaw Reid (1837–1912), journalist and editor of the New-York Tribune, Vice Presidential candidate with Benjamin Harrison in 1892, defeated by Adlai E. Stevenson I; son-in-law of D.O. Mills
- William Rockefeller (1841–1922), New York head of the Standard Oil Company
- Edgar Evertson Saltus (1855–1921), American novelist
- Francis Saltus Saltus (1849–1889), American decadent poet & bohemian
- Carl Schurz (1820–1906), senator, secretary of the interior under Rutherford B. Hayes. Carl Schurz Park in New York City bears his name
- Charles Sheeler (1883–1965), painter and photographer, and his wife Musya (1908–1981), photographer, are buried together.
- William G. Stahlnecker (1849–1902), U.S. Representative from New York
- Egerton Swartwout (1870–1943), New York architect
- William Boyce Thompson (1869–1930), founder of Newmont Mining Corporation and financier
- Joseph Urban (1872–1933), architect and theatre set designer
- Henry Villard (1835–1900), railroad baron whose monument was created by Karl Bitter.
- Oswald Garrison Villard (1872–1949), son of Henry Villard and grandson of William Lloyd Garrison; one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- William A. Walker (1805–1861), U.S. Representative from New York
- Paul Warburg (1868–1932), German-American banker and early advocate of the U.S. Federal Reserve system.
- Worcester Reed Warner (1846–1929), mechanical engineer and manufacturer of telescopes
- Thomas J. Watson (1874–1956), transformed a small manufacturer of adding machines into IBM
- Hans Zinsser (1878–1940), microbiologist and a prolific author
In popular culture
Several outdoor scenes from the feature film House of Dark Shadows (1970) were filmed at the cemetery's receiving vault. The cemetery also served as a location for the Ramones' music video "Pet Sematary".
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