Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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Coordinates: 41°05′46″N 73°51′36″W / 41.096°N 73.86°W / 41.096; -73.86

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Main entrance to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Established1849 (1849)
540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York
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
Coordinates41°05′46″N 73°51′36″W / 41.096°N 73.86°W / 41.096; -73.86
Areaapprox. 85 acres (34 ha)[2]
NRHP reference #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 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 burials[edit]

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

Numerous notable people are interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, such as:[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".[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. "Famous Interments". Archived from the original on 2017-10-30.
  2. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). National Park Service. June 3, 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-08-02.
  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". New York Times. 1 July 1894.
  5. ^ "TARRYTOWN HEROES HONORED: BEAUTIFUL SHAFT DEDICATED IN SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY. War Ships Boom Salutes, Thousands of Patriotic Americans Look On". New York Times. 20 October 1894.
  6. ^ "Viola Allen (Viola Emily Allen)". The Early History of Theatre in Seattle. Archived from the original on 2018-01-06.
  7. ^ Morton, Camilla (2011). A Year in High Heels. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-4447-1709-9.
  8. ^ a b c Keneally, Meghan; Smith, Olivia (October 12, 2015). "Take a Tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2018-01-05.
  9. ^ Floyd Delafield Crosby at Find a Grave.
  10. ^ Reid, James D. (1886). The Telegraph in America and Morse Memorial.
  11. ^ Dennis, James M. (1967). Karl Bitter: Architectural Sculptor, 1867–1915. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 94–96.
  12. ^ Ramone, Marky (2015). Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. John Blake Publishing. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-78418-830-6.


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