Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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Coordinates: 41°05′46″N 73°51′36″W / 41.096°N 73.86°W / 41.096; -73.86

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Main entrance to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Location 540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York
Built 1849
NRHP reference # 09000380
Added to NRHP June 3, 2009
The headstone of Washington Irving
Owen Jones monument

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, is the final resting place of numerous famous figures, including Washington Irving, whose 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.


The cemetery is a non-profit, non-sectarian burying ground of about 90 acres (36 ha). 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 popular culture[edit]

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".[1]

Notable burials[edit]

Numerous notable people are interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, such as:[2]

Henry Villard Memorial by Karl Bitter

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ramone, Marky (2015). Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. John Blake Publishing. p. 277. ISBN 1784188301. 
  2. ^ Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  3. ^ Seattle Theatre History
  4. ^ A Year in High Heels
  5. ^ a b c ABC News
  6. ^ Reid, James D. The Telegraph in America and Memoriam: Samuel Morse and William Orton. 
  7. ^ Karl Bitter: Architectural Sculptor 1867–1915. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 1967. pp. 94–96. 


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