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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Traymore

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow: What's so special?

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

There's so much!

Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are the center of Sleepy Hollow Country. Sleepy Hollow used to be called North Tarrytown, but the name was changed to Sleepy Hollow in 1996 to reconnect with Washington Irving and his famous short story that spread the region’s fame across the country over a century ago. The towns are walking distance from each other, either down Broadway—the same Broadway that connects to NYC—or via the stunning river walk.

Aside from being a place steeped in folklore and mystery with so many interesting historical sites, it’s also a scenic, eclectic, and vibrant Hudson River town with so much to do and see. From stunning river walks to cycling over the new bridge to great boutique shopping and trendy farm-to-table restaurants, it’s an amazing place to visit. I had the opportunity to live there for a few months while researching for Killer Motives, and I met many thriving entrepreneurs and small business owners who make the town so special. And it’s only a short 40-minute train ride to Grand Central, complete with a river view ride. Even the train station is fun. They have a great little café where you can get homemade take-out food. I can’t wait to go back. Be sure to check it out if you are in the area.

Check out Historic Hudson Valley for more info on historical sites to visit.

Bella's Boutique for gifts and memorabilia, and Shaylula for one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories

Those photos show downtown Tarrytown, the statue where a group of Tarrytown fellows caught British spy Major Andre in Patriot’s Park, perhaps keeping the British from taking West Point, and Washington Irving’s house. And of course there's the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where you will see Irving and many other famous Americans--and maybe even the Headless Horseman if you have a good imagination!

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