October 29, 2012

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

With Sandy about to beat down our door Halloween week, I decided it was time to take a fall foliage drive before she kicks all those gorgeous leaves to the ground.

Last Friday, I drove to Sleepy Hollow, NY, site of Washington Irving's Headless Horesman fable. A short drive from NYC and on the banks of the majestic Hudson River, Sleepy Hollow and its neighboring town, Tarrytown, did not disappoint.

Irving's story starts at the Old Dutch Church.
It is here where you can pick up a tour and a map of the cemetery.
I received my map at the cemetery's office building where a very nice woman higlighted the route for me.

Besides Irving, Andrew Carnegie, William Rockefeller and Elizabeth Arden (whose real name was Florence Nightingale) are buried here.
Love looking at all of the old stones.
The cemetery was beautiful and I felt as if I had the whole place to myself since there weren't any people, well, living people.

The scariest part of the cemetery for me was the ladies room which was down a dark staircase with motion-sensored lights.
After my trip to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, I headed to Silver Tips Tea Room in Tarrytown which is just a couple of minutes drive from Sleepy Hollow.
Silver Tips has hundreds of tea choices along with sandwich wraps and scones. I had the Silver Tips Tea Breakfast Blend which included a blend of Assam & Ceylon and Darjeeling.

My visit was just lovely, the calm before the storm, if you will.

I will post more about the area later this week.

"It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet."
- Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

7 comments:

Joanne Kennedy said...

I love going to cemeteries. Many think it's creepy but I find it peaceful and full of history. Knowing that every head stone represents a life and a story is so interesting to me.

Looks like you have a great one there! Hope I can make it there one day.

Sure hope the storm is not as bad as they think it will be. Stay safe.

Kristie Franklin said...

What a lovely way to spend the day, Carmie! I love to look at old headstones in cemeteries. They are much more interesting to look at than the ones people put up now.

I'm praying for everyone who is in the eye Hurricane Sandy and I hope that you are safe and hunkered down. I read where they closed the subways down? Be safe my friend! :)♥♥

Anonymous said...

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery looks spooky. Sound's like you had a fun day.

NanaDiana said...

What a great old cemetery. I love visiting them, too. Have a great Monday- xo Diana

the cape on the corner said...

it looks way cuter than when i've visited in the past...when it's just creepy. course that could be b/c i've gone at night...

glad to hear you're unscathed by sandy. we fared ok, as well, not even losing power. jersey looks devastated though.

Beauty Blogger Bri said...

^^^ She never said she was "unscathed"! She posted this BEFORE the storm hit New York. I've emailed her twice, but she isn't answering :(

Carmie, you are in my thoughts! I pray that you and your home are alright <3

Bri

Rosemary Nardone said...

looks like a lovely trip for sure
Thank you for sharing with us I would love to visit it some time Hope you are doing well.

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