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    LIGHT HOUSE

    by moiraistyx Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    I have had a love of lighthouses since I was a young girl. So whenever I have a chance to visit one I grab it. The Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse can be seen as you cross the Tappan Zee Bridge, but it's best seen from Kingsland Park. The light house began construction in 1882, and was finished in 1883. It was once known as the Tarrytown Lighthouse or the Kingsland Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the only Caisson-style lighthouse on the river. Like most lighthouses, this one was used as a navigational aid to ships on the Hudson River. It warned captains away from the dangerous shoals on the river's eastern shore. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When touring it you can see exhibits of logbooks, chronicles, photographs and furnishings. The lighthouse is furnished to depict the way life was over 100 years ago. Guided tours for groups are available by reservation only. Admission to the lighthouse is $5 ($4 for seniors and children)

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    PHILLIPSBURGH MANOR

    by moiraistyx Updated Apr 23, 2008

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    Located right on route 9, is Phillipsburgh Manor. This is a living musuem of a farm and grist mill. The great thing about this place is that it is hands on. The actors encourage visitors to help feed the animals, lay down the bedding, round the animals up for the day, make food, tend the fields etc. The day we went they were making butter and sea biscuts. Patrick was able to feed the lambs and lay down the bedding for the baby oxen. He didn't want to leave. The main house was closed for rennovations, but we'll see that next time. The cost is a bit steep, $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 5 and older. Luckily Patrick was free still.

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    THE OLD DUTCH CHURCH

    by moiraistyx Updated Mar 22, 2009

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    I did a little bit of reading about this church and became fascinated with its history. The first day I went it was not open to the public, so I had to peek through the windows to see all the wonderful woodwork inside. I tried to take a picture of it but it didn't turn out well at all. When Richie and I came by this past weekend, we had perfect timing. The church was open and there was a guide there. We were able to ask all sorts of questions. The old man, I forgot his name, was very knowledgeable about the church and it's history along with some of the local legends. Patrick and I took the opportunity to walk around the church and even went up the stairs to get an up close look at the pipe organ. The view of the pulpit is better from the balcony. The church grounds are open from about 8/8:30 in the morning till 4:30 in the afternoon.

    The Old Dutch Church is open on Saturdays & Sundays from 2-4 pm, Memorial Day through October, and on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1-4 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day; other times by appointment.

    Sunday services during summer are at 10 am.

    There are free walking tours of the Old Dutch Burial Ground are conducted on Sundays at 2 pm, Memorial Day-October.

    You can purchase a history book about the church and the burial ground from the tour guide.

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    THE UNION CHURCH OF POCANTICO HILLS

    by moiraistyx Updated Apr 23, 2008

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    The only thing to say about this church is breath taking. The stained glass window were designed by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. My 4 year old had absolutely no appreciation for the beauty of these windows, but I sure did. This is a definate must see for everyone who visits Sleepy Hollow.

    April to December
    Weekdays (Closed Tuesday): 11am - 5pm
    Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

    Admission is $5.00 for adults and children and free for members.

    Please visit the website for directions and exact address.

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    KINGSLAND POINT PARK

    by moiraistyx Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    This is a wonderful park located along the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow. When we visited back in April there were several soccer games going on. There is a playground area for the children, a walkway to stroll along the river, picnic tables, bar-b-que pits and many other recreational opportunities for individuals, families and groups. While here make sure to visit the historic Tarrytown Lighthouse.

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    SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY

    by moiraistyx Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    This is a great place to bring the family for a history lesson. There are many famous people buried here including Washington Irving, Walter Chrysler and Andrew Carnegie. You can purchase a guide book to the cemetery at Phillipsburgh Manor (www.hudsonvalley.org/web/phil-main). Even if you don't like history, the interesting and intricate graves are worth the walk. The grounds are beautiful with many places to sit and contemplate whatever your heart so choses. Unfortunately grave rubbings are not allowed, but ictures are so snap away my friends.

    The cemetery gates are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM,
    Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

    Grave rubbings and etching are not allowed even though some people seem hell bent on doing so. The problem with doing this even though there are several signs saying not to and event though the website says not to, is that it ruins the gravestones.

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    Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

    by Herkbert Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the resting place of many people, including Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, Samuel Gompers and Elizabeth Arden. As cemetery's go, it is a lovely, peaceful place. The rear section is tree covered and bounded by the Pocantico River.

    There are usually locals out by the gates selling maps if you haven't picked one up by the time you get there. The map will guide you to the graves of some of the more famous residents.

    Cemetery Gates are open M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM and 8:30 am to 4:30 PM on weekends.

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    Washington Irving's Sunnyside

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 12, 2009

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    Washington Irving wanted a romantic home along the river where he could relax and write. His choice was Sunnyside. Located right along the Hudson River, this bright little house was just what he wanted. There were wonderful views over the river from many of the rooms in the house and the veranda area was as peaceful a place as you could find.

    Take a walk around the grounds, then take a guided tour through the house to see where this great writer found his inspiration.

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    Union Church of Pocantico Hills

    by Herkbert Updated Apr 4, 2013

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    The Union Church of Pocantico Hills is a beautiful, non-denominational place of worship. It's located near to Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate and still has an active congragation. As founding members of the church, members of the Rockefeller family commissioned the creation of the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.

    Chagall created the eight side windows and the one large window in the rear of the church. Matisse created the 'Rose' window which resides above the chancel. He completed the window just two days before passing away in 1956.

    I can only describe them by saying they are beautiful and breath-taking works of art. No pictures are allowed inside the church, but they do have postcards and books available with photos of the windows. You really need to see the windows to appreciate them though.

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    1883 Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 8, 2008

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    I really wished that I had more time on the trip down from CT so that we could have gotten off the highway to see this lighthouse close-up. All I have at the moment is the pictures from the bridge. Fortunately, we were going south and I was not driving so I was able to get several photos out of the passenger window. There would be better views from Kingsland Point Park.

    The structure formerly known as the Tarrytown Lighthouse or the Kingsland Point Lighthouse, is the only Caisson-style lighthouse on the Hudson. Erected in 1882-1883, the lighthouse warned ship captains away from the dangerous shoals on the river's eastern shore.

    Congress authorized the erection of a lighthouse at Tarrytown Point in 1847, but the project was delayed by the exorbitant asking price of Kingsland Point property, which was a profitable vineyard. Thirty years later, a decision was finally reached to locate the lighthouse in the river itself, approximately one-quarter mile off Kingsland Point. The location in the water dictated the caisson style construction.

    The lighthouse arrived, by barge, in “kit” form and was assembled from anchored vessels and scaffolding. When the five story structure was finished in 1883 the keeper and his family moved in to live there year-round.

    In 1923 the General Motors automobile plant located along the river was expanded which altered the course of the Pocantico River. Now that the river has filled in, the separation of only about 50 feet between the lighthouse and the shoreline is crossed by a metal bridge. Formerly access to the shore was by rowboat (or by foot, when the river was frozen solid).

    Visiting the Lighthouse

    The lighthouse is open for group tours by appointment only. There is a fee of $150 for a group of up to 25 people. The program lasts approximately 50 minutes. Periodic public visiting hours are also held.

    United States Coast Guard Description

    * HUDSON RIVER SOUTH OF KINGSLAND
    * Station Established: 1883
    * Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1883
    * Operational? NO
    * Automated? YES 1957
    * Deactivated: 1961
    * Foundation Materials: STONE PIER/CAST IRON CAISSON
    * Construction Materials: CAST IRON
    * Tower Shape: CONICAL
    * Markings/Pattern: WHITE W/BLACK TRIM & RED BASE
    * Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
    * Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL 1883
    * Tower Height:
    * Height of Focal Plane: 56

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    Union Church & stain glass windows Chagall Matiss

    by Ekahau Updated Sep 5, 2006

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    This is some wonderful place -- a beautiful small church funded by Rockefeller money with stain glass windows honoring members of the Rockefeller family. This place has brilliant colored light dancing in shades of pink yellow blue green all over the building as if floods through the stained-glass windows by impressionist masters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. This is a peaceful place also a new organ was given in the last year to the church which is really special.

    Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm-5:00pm , unless church activities are being held.

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    Old Dutch Burying Ground and the Old Dutch Church

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 12, 2009

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    Ichabod Crane sought refuge in the burying ground and met up with the Headless Horseman. For the rest of us, the Old Dutch Church and the adjoining cemetery are a historic link to the past. Many of the original townspeople were buried there before the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery came about.

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    Patriots Park

    by moiraistyx Written Mar 23, 2009

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    Patrick and I stumbled across Patriot's Park during our first visit to Sleepy Hollow back in 2006. It wasn't until this last visit that we became aware of the historical significance of the park. It turns out that the park marks the spot where Major Andre, a spy, was captured and strip searched. Lo and behold the American Revolutionists uncovered in Major Andre's sock, Benedict Arnolds stolen information about West Point. Major Andre was later hung for his activities in this park. This park is also rumored to be the first place where Ichabod Crane saw The Headless Horseman.

    The park itself is relatively small, with a few walkway, a small play ground structure for the kids and a fountain. At least I think it was a fountain. Patrick had a great time running around with some of the other children. There is no bathroom here, so make sure no one has to go before you settle in for some play time. I don't remember there being any picnic tables either.

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    Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 11, 2013

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    The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a great place to start your experience here in Sleepy Hollow. Many famous people are buried here including Washington Irving (the author of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Andrew Carnegie, William Rockefeller, Elizabeth Arden, Walter Perry Chrysler, just to name a few.

    Although the cemetery is a historical site, it is still an active cemetery with burial plots and mausoleums available, so you will find that on occasion there will be family members visiting the cemetery of their loved ones. The cemetery offers a guided tour for a fee of $5 whether you decided on the day or evening, or your can do the tour om your own.

    There are many beautiful mausoleums and headstones of other non famous individuals with plenty of places to rest. Ferni and I recently spent a nice afternoon wandering the cemetery, viewing the different graves and mausoleums.

    The cemetery is connected to the Old Church Burying Ground and there is no clear marker indicating where one starts and the other begins.

    Operating hours are Mon-Fri from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Sat and Sun from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

    Please note that grave rubbings are absolutely prohibited and is indicated with signs posted all over the cementary.

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    THE OLD DUTCH CHURCH CEMETERY

    by moiraistyx Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    The Old Dutch Church Cemetery connects to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery making it a little difficult to know where one ends and one begins. When we were here last Saturday, there was little old man there who knew absolutely everything about the church and the cemetery. He took Patrick and us around showing us the graves of the real people from the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Included in his tour were the graves of Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Bram Bones and the Headless Horseman (a Hessian soldier). He quizzed Patrick about the details of the story and told us the various truths from the story itself. The man also took the time to provide us with some history about the Battle of White Plains along with some of the other locals and their significance to the locals. If you want a map of the famous and not so famous graves of the cemetery you can purchase the tour book from the website or a tour guide. The burial ground is free to visit, so is the church.

    Grave rubbings and etching are not allowed even though some people seem hell bent on doing so. The problem with doing this even though there are several signs saying not to and event though the website says not to, is that it ruins the gravestones.

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