Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY FAQ’s: Click on each category title to see a list of questions and expand for answers. If you have more questions, click here to email me.

Sleepy Hollow NY, Directions (1)

Sleepy Hollow is easily accessed from the Metro North Hudson Line, the New York State Thruway, Route 9, and the Saw Mill River Parkway.

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Sleepy Hollow, NY General (8)

Sleepy Hollow does not have a visitor center.

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Most people consider it very safe.

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Sleepy Hollow is an easy day trip from New York City by car or train.

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The Village of Sleepy Hollow is not large  (two square miles) and many of the sites are easily walked to.

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Yes. Sleepy Hollow is a real place, a real place “where legends are made!” 

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They share the same borderline.  Sleepy Hollow’s southern border is Tarrytown’s northern border.

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Yes. The main street in Sleepy Hollow is Beekman Avenue.

Beekman Ave, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Beekman Ave, Sleepy Hollow, NY

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Yes. You can walk from Sleepy Hollow to Tarrytown pretty easily.  The village main streets are only about a half-mile apart. 

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Sleepy Hollow, NY History (3)

The English place name “Sleepy Hollow” is based on the 17th century Dutch place name, Slapershaven.  It means the “Sleepers’ Harbor” an early term from the mouth of the Pocantico River.

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Yes. Sleepy Hollow is a real place reputed to have enchanted qualities.  “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is set in a historic place.

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The Village of Sleepy Hollow is named for the Valley of the Pocantico River—the Valley of Sleepy Hollow.

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Sleepy Hollow, NY Location (8)

The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is on Route 9 (Broadway) north of the village center near the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.

Sleepy Hollow, NY Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow, NY Cemetery

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The annual haunted hayride departs from Sleepy Hollow’s Beekman Avenue near village hall.

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At the waterfront. The Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse can be reached by taking the Hudson River Walk from Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. 

For more information about the lighthouse in Sleepy Hollow, click here to visit the lighthouse page where you can learn about our open house events.

sleepy hollow lighthouse

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The historic and legendary Village of Sleepy Hollow is nestled along the eastern shore of the Hudson River about 20 miles north of Manhattan and about one mile north of the Tappan Zee Bridge.  

Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown New York
Sleepy Hollow, New York

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Philipsburg Manor Restoration is on Route 9 (Broadway) north of the village not far from the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.

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Manorhouse garden

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Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are in Westchester County, NY.

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No, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are separate villages in separate townships, although they border each other closely.

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

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Sleepy Hollow is about 20 miles from NYC.

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Tarrytown, NY Directions (2)

Take the New York State Thruway north to Exit 9.

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There are regular trains from Grand Central Terminal or 125th Street in Manhattan.

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Tarrytown, NY General (3)

There is visitor information available from the chamber of commerce near Route 9 and Main Street.

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Washington Irving joked that the name “Tarrytown” comes from the tendency of colonial farmers to tarry at the tavern on market days.  In the “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” the school teacher, Ichabod Crane, encounters the Headless Horseman near the Captors’ Monument at Patriots’ Park.  The Village of Sleepy Hollow is named for the Valley of Sleepy Hollow—the Valley of the Pocantico River as it runs through the Village of Sleepy Hollow.

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Main Street Tarrytown. Winter Snow

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Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are north of New York City but residents of the community do not generally think of themselves as living “upstate.” 

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Tarrytown, NY Location (1)

Patriots’ Park is a charming little green space near the Warner Library on Route 9.  It lies next to the Captors’ Monument which celebrates the capture of British officer Major Andre during the Revolution.  In the fair seasons there is a weekend farmers’ market there.

Patriot's Park, Tarrytown, NY
Patriot’s Park, Tarrytown, NY

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Things to Do in Sleepy Hollow, NY (4)

There are a variety of very good restaurants within the village.  Take your pick!

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There are so many wonderful things to do in Sleepy Hollow NY!  Visit historic Philipsburg Restoration, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, Kingsland Point Park, the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, the grave site of Washington Irving, the Rockefeller Preserve, the Pocantico River Valley, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, and much more!

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Things to do in Sleepy Hollow, NY

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See (1) the capture site of Major Andre, (2) The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow (the oldest remaining church in New York State), (3) Philipsburg Restoration, (4) Kykuit, The Rockefeller Mansion, (5) Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Washington Irving’s grave.

Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY

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YES! But every season is special in Sleepy Hollow!  In Summer you can kayak the Hudson from Kingsland Point, in Spring see the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, and in Winter cross-country-ski the trails of the Rockefeller Preserve. 

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Things to Do in Tarrytown, NY (2)

One interesting site is the former home of writer, Washington Irving.  Sunnyside is located at the southern border of Tarrytown on West Sunnyside Lane.  Another point of interest is the Tarrytown Music Hall on Main Street, built in 1885.

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Yes. The Warner Library is shared by Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.

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