Ghosts & Goblins in Sleepy Hollow
26 Oct, 2009 | Written by Anupa Mueller
Our Tea Room is in Tarrytown, a small village in the county of Westchester, about 35 mins. north of Manhattan. Tarrytown's neighboring town used to be called North Tarrytown. You can still see bumper stickers that say "North Tarrytown Forever". Well, that's long gone. In 1996, North Tarrytown changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. And why not. This is the home of Washington Irving who wrote "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". It's where street signs carry the image of the Headless Horseman. Sleepy Hollow lives for October the way small towns across the country live for Christmas or their 4th of July celebrations. Pumpkins and orange are everywhere. Mid-October, the town comes alive with hayrides and Halloween parades and everyone is a ghost or goblin (picture glimpsed yesterday). Droves of tourists visit the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and the Old Dutch Church, featured prominently in Washington Irving's story. The spirit of Sleepy Hollow is real. We have a tea called Ichabod's Zest. The local realtor is called Legends Realty. A large statue depicting the Headless Horseman is visited by every tourist and Legends Weekend in October is renowned, with the retelling of the story at historic Philipsburg Manor. If this was yesterday, imagine Halloween in Sleepy Hollow.