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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (originally opened as "Tarrytown Cemetery") was founded in 1849, when Washington Irving and Captain Jacob Storm noted the necessity of additional burial space due to the growth of the villages of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown. The cemetery occupies a small rectangular plot of 85 acres, and contains approximately 45,000 graves as well as a new mausoleum. The cemetery is well-known as a spot referred to in Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and is also the location where Irving himself is buried, as well as numerous other famous folks. Visitors continue to flock to the area for walking tours and tales of the region's both historical and literary history. As a functioning cemetery for nearly 200 years, this area serves as the final resting place for dozens of influential members of the community, and is now listed on both the New York State and the National Registers of Historic Places.


  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery sign
    Sleepy Hollow Cemetery sign
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery map and portion for the Old Dutch Church
    Sleepy Hollow Cemetery map and portion for the Old Dutch Church
  • The headless horseman as depicted in the movie Sleepy Hollow.
    The headless horseman as depicted in the movie Sleepy Hollow.
  • Movie poster for the movie "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." To the left is Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane. To the right is, Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel.
    Movie poster for the movie "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." To the left is Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane. To the right is, Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel.
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
    Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
    Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • Aerial view of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
    Aerial view of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • Washington Irving's headstone at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
    Washington Irving's headstone at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane by John Quidor, 1858
    The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane by John Quidor, 1858

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (originally opened as "Tarrytown Cemetery") was founded in 1849, when Washington Irving and Captain Jacob Storm noted the necessity of additional burial space due to the growth of the villages of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown. The cemetery occupies a small rectangular plot of 85 acres, and contains approximately 45,000 graves as well as a new mausoleum. 

The cemetery, well-known as a spot referred to in Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," was a part of the "rural cemetery movement" of the mid-19th century. It sets upon rolling green hills, with the Hudson and Pocantico Rivers nearby. Also, it is one of a very few cemeteries in the country that provide a "green" burial option. This is an option that "eliminates any pollution to the environment" by using no toxic chemicals when preparing the body and swapping out typical headstones for trees of remembrance or simple slate stones. 

Along with its natural beauty, the cemetery contains several works of well-known 19th and 20th-century American architects and sculptors, as well as structures such as the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel and the William Rockefeller mausoleum. Of course, what may be the greatest draw for visitors of the cemetery of all is the plots of those who are interred there. Famous internments are many, but a few include Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, Elizabeth Arden, and George Jones. Also, in 1989, four members from the rock band the Ramones were "buried" there (while still alive) while filming a music video for their tribute to Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary. Since the video, three of the members have passed away and been buried elsewhere. 

Visitors continue to flock to the area for walking tours and tales of the region's both historical and literary history. As a functioning cemetery for nearly 200 years, this area serves as the final resting place for dozens of influential members of the community, and is now listed on both the New York State and the National Registers of Historic Places. 

“Famous Interments .” Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund, sleepyhollowcemetery.org/about/famous-interments/.

“Green Burial.” Ballard Durand, Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services, ballarddurand.com/services/green-burial/. 

“History.” Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund, sleepyhollowcemetery.org/historic-fund/.