Sleepy Hollow by mistake

Don’t you just love it when things don’t go to plan? I decided to venture into upstate New York to visit the Rockefeller State Park Preserve today. You take the Metro North Hudson Line from Grand Central Station, and if you’re paying attention, you get off at Tarrytown. I wasn’t paying attention, because I saw a woman with this bag:

…so naturally, I was distracted. I sailed past Tarrytown and got off at Philipse Manor instead. Not a big deal, they’re not that far apart, but by getting off a stop later, I ended up walking into Sleepy Hollow – yes, as in The Legend of… just walked right into the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Gulp. Intrigued, I cast my well-laid plans aside and started to explore. It’s very picturesque, especially down by the original Old Dutch Church, which is the actual setting for Washingon Irving’s Sleepy Hollow tale. Irving’s gravestone overlooks the old burial grounds and you walk by it on the way there.

Burial grounds of the Old Dutch Church, with a precariously tilted headstone.

Not terribly creepy at all, except that there were at least a hundred shrieking birds whirling like dervishes around the old burial grounds the entire time I was there, so I turned tail and headed north towards the far less creepy Headless Horseman Bridge.

Headless Horseman Bridge

“If I can but reach that bridge,” thought Ichabod, ” I am safe.”

Curiosity satiated, I set off once again for the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, but as I was rambling alone along the carriage trails in the park, I heard the clatter of hooves galloping up behind me. I turned to see a figure cloaked in black whizz by and I don’t mind telling you, I had a bit of an Ichabod Crane moment. Thankfully, this horseman had a head.

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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15 Responses to Sleepy Hollow by mistake

  1. Kate says:

    Very cool adventure! I hope one day to visit and have a headless horsemen experience like your’s, not ichabod’s!

  2. Bridge picture with the water is great. Both bridge pictures look at little spooky…but then it is Sleepy Hollow!

    • ailsapm says:

      I risked life and limb getting that picture of the bridge with the water – flat on the ground dangling precariously off a stone ledge – and that water was pretty powerful, I wouldn’t have wanted to fall in! So glad my efforts didn’t go unappreciated 😉

  3. Jo Fredric says:

    What a cool adventure! I love cemeteries and Sleepy Hollow – and your pictures are great!

  4. Sandy Allen says:

    Oh, my gosh. That is awesome! I so want to visit Sleepy Hollow. I have a bizarre fascination with all things creepy, especially the historically creepy. Glad I found your blog. Thanks for the “like” on mine.

  5. Lu says:

    I think I would have been very freaked at the clattering of hooves…!

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