Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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]

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
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Main entrance to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Details
Established1849 (1849)
Location
540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York
Coordinates41°05′48″N 73°51′41″W / 41.0966218°N 73.8614183°W / 41.0966218; -73.8614183Coordinates: 41°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
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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

HistoryEdit

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 monumentsEdit

 
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 burialsEdit

 
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 cultureEdit

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".[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Trotta, Daniel (20 August 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". 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 2018-01-06.
  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 (October 12, 2015). "Take a Tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2018-01-05.
  11. ^ "Famous Interments". Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  12. ^ Reid, James D. (1886). The Telegraph in America and Morse Memorial.
  13. ^ Glenn, Sharlee Mullins (2018). Library on wheels : Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's first bookmobile. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers. p. 42. ISBN 9781683352921. OCLC 1030992512.
  14. ^ Dennis, James M. (1967). Karl Bitter: Architectural Sculptor, 1867–1915. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. pp. 94–96. ISBN 9780598092366.
  15. ^ Ramone, Marky (2015). Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. John Blake Publishing. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-78418-830-6.

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