'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' lives on - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' lives on

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Along the east bank of the Hudson River, 30 miles north of Manhattan, a place exists where stories of haunted spirits never die: the Village of Sleepy Hollow.

As day turns to night, tourists from all over the country often line up for a lantern-lit tour of the cemetery here. Many come to hear that frightful tale of the Headless Horseman and the pursuit of Ichabod Crane.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving was published back in 1820. It is considered among the first great works of American fiction. Irving is buried in the sleepy hollow cemetery. That story he wrote nearly 200 years ago has stood the test of time.

The new series on Fox brings the story into modern times. The original took place 14 years after the Revolutionary War.

Sara Mascia, director of the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown Historical Society, says the story is a mix of romance, superstition and fact. That horseman is the spirit of a Hessian soldier. In real life, the British hired those German mercenaries to fight in this area. She says they were the scariest of the soldiers.

The village has embraced the famous fictional essay, even renaming that bridge Ichabod was trying to reach.

Christina Orban-Lasalle, the cemetery's tour director, says Irving is considered a godfather of American fiction. She says he has heard stories that a real headless soldier may be buried in this cemetery.

Surrounded by death, a legend lives on.

  • New York State NewsNew York State NewsMore>>

  • Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:06:06 GMT
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
  • Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:28:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.

  • RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:09:22 GMT
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices