Sleepy Hollow the most famous haunted town in the World
Added: (Sun Jun 26 2005)
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Probably one of the most famous haunted towns in the World, Sleepy Hollow village 25 miles outside New York seems to live up to its ghostly reputation. The village dates back to the 1640s, though no one is certain of exactly when Europeans first settled in the area. The towns name was derived from the name given to it by Dutch settlers: Slapershaven ("Sleepers Haven"). For most of its existence, the town was actually part of North Tarrytown and was not actually renamed Sleepy Hollow until 1996.
Now top British Ghosthunter Dean Maynard is heading to New york to take on the ghosts of the town in a modern day GHOSTHUNTER VS HORSEMAN.
Washington Irving wrote of a little valley, an enchanted region, known as Sleepy Hollow. It was a place where you could hear astonishing tales ... of ghosts and goblins, of haunted fields and brooks and bridges, and, in particular, of a terrible Headless Horseman who raced along dark roads in the dead of night.
There are several alleged hauntings throughout the town, among them the headless horseman. Though Irving based his story on fact, the characters were simply based on people who once lived and died in the town. The following is a brief listing of the most widely known ghosts.
Old Dutch Burying Ground and Church
One of the oldest cemeteries in America, the Old Dutch Burying Ground contains graves dating back as far as 1650. Among the most interesting figures buried here are Eleanor Van Tassel Brush (Irvings model for 'Katrina'), Samuel Youngs (the real 'Ichabod'), and Abraham Martling ('Brom Bones'). Some speculate that the real headless horseman can be seen roaming the cemetery at night, as well as its modern neighbor, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself is buried.
This small park can be found between the towns of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Major Andre, Irving's model for the headless Hessian soldier, was captured and executed approximately at this location by Americans during the Revolutionary War. He is believed to haunt the park to this day.
Not far from Sleepy Hollow along Route 9 in Scarborough, this old cemetery can be found. Details of the many spirits haunting this cemetery are unknown, but unexplained voices and mists have been reported here late at night.
Captain Kidd's Bride
Legend persists that the famous pirate Captain Kidd once landed at Sleepy Hollow in search of a place to hide his bride from an enemy. His plan failed, and she was taken to Leeds where she was incarcerated and later executed. Her ghost is said to be pulled by horses through the streets of Sleepy Hollow at midnight.
Washington Irving purchased this house in 1835 and renovated the simple cottage until it became the glorious landmark it is today. It appears that his home was so well-loved, it was diffucult to leave. Visitors and guides have reported unusual phenomena here, from Irving's nieces keeping the house clean and tidy to Irving himself pinching the occasional woman in good-hearted fun.