Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Coordinates: 41°05′48″N 73°51′41″W / 41.0966218°N 73.8614183°W / 41.0966218; -73.8614183
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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Main entrance to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Established1849 (1849)
540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York
Coordinates41°05′48″N 73°51′41″W / 41.0966218°N 73.8614183°W / 41.0966218; -73.8614183
Size90 acres (36 ha)[1]
No. of intermentsapprox. 45,000[2]
WebsiteOfficial website
Find a GraveSleepy Hollow Cemetery
The Political GraveyardSleepy Hollow Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is located in New York
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Areaapprox. 85 acres (34 ha)[2]
NRHP reference No.09000380[3]
Added to NRHPJune 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.[2]


The cemetery is a non-profit, non-sectarian burying ground of about 90 acres (36 ha).[1] 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.[4][5]

Notable monuments[edit]

Helmsley mausoleum

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.[6][7]

Notable burials[edit]

Headstone of Washington Irving
Owen Jones monument
Henry Villard Memorial by Karl Bitter

Numerous notable people are interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, including:[1]

In popular culture[edit]

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".[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Famous Interments". Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Archived from the original on 2017-10-30.
  2. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). National Park Service. 3 June 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 August 2017.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System – Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (#09000380)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Monument for Sleepy Hollow: Tarrytown to Honor Men Who Fought is the Revolution". The New York Times. July 1, 1894.
  5. ^ "Tarrytown Heroes Honored: Beautiful Shaft Dedicated in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. War Ships Boom Salutes, Thousands of Patriotic Americans Look On". The New York Times. 20 October 1894.
  6. ^ Trotta, Daniel (August 20, 2007). "New York's Helmsley to rest in $1.4 mln mausoleum". Reuters. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  7. ^ Lombardi, Kate Stone (23 April 2006). "Why Leona Buried Harry Not Once, But Twice". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Viola Allen (Viola Emily Allen)". The Early History of Theatre in Seattle. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Morton, Camilla (2011). A Year in High Heels. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-4447-1709-9.
  10. ^ a b c Keneally, Meghan; Smith, Olivia (12 October 2015). "Take a Tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2018-01-05.
  11. ^ Reid, James D. (1886). The Telegraph in America and Morse Memorial.
  12. ^ Dennis, James M. (1967). Karl Bitter: Architectural Sculptor, 1867–1915. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 94–96. ISBN 978-0-5980-9236-6.
  13. ^ Ramone, Marky (2015). Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. John Blake Publishing. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-78418-830-6.


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