Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground

Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground

Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Some of the characters in Irving's Legend can be found buried in this cemetery.
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Tina
162 contributions
Family
Absolutely beautiful place to stop. We followed the signs to Washington Irving’s grave and then walked among the many ornate stones. The history there is just amazing. The church is a gem. So glad we stopped in.
Written November 15, 2021
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bangorpaguy
bangor, pa129 contributions
Couples
We were in the area and stopped on a whim. While the church itself is a sight to see, the cemetery is worth walking through. There is a lot of history in this place. From the ornate mausoleums to the simple headstones, they all have a story to tell. Washington Irving’s grave is in his family’s plot and very understated.
Written August 17, 2020
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Elizabeth L
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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is more or less an extension of the Old Dutch Church Burying Ground. I visited because it is a part of my family's history. I would have given it an excellent review, but unfortunately the church was not open the day of my visit.
Written July 8, 2022
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Tom R
Manchester, New Jersey, United States3 contributions
Friends
Spent an eerie weekend this Halloween in a town renown for it's haunted tales, Sleepy Hollow, NY. My friend and I participated in a number of fantastic activities that the town has to offer such as the Jack O' Lantern Blaze, and Horseman's Hollow. But what was the highlight of our trip? You may be surprised!

It was the dramatic story telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by one of the best performance artists around--Jonathan Kruk. The event began when we walked up a candle lit walk way next to the oldest cemetery on the East Coast. This cemetery, dubbed the Old Dutch burial ground, is where the Horseman is supposed to ride at night, searching for his head and is featured prominently in the famous Washington Irving tale! Not only is the cemetery featured, but so is the OLD DUTCH CHURCH! To our stunning revelation, that's where this reading took place. We got to hear the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow within the church that inspired it! Of course there's the constant threat that at any point a horseman with no head might crash through one of the windows.

Once we were shuffled into the ancient pews of the Old Dutch Church Jonathan Kruk made his grand entrance to organ music, dressed in colonial garb, and holding an ominous pumpkin. He used dramatic tones to introduce the story and with glowing emotions he embodies many of Irving's most intricate characters. He used crowd interaction to keep children entertained, and his inflictions of vocal tone had every person in the church hanging on to the edge of their seats...never knowing when the next scare might come.

Kruk made it feel like we were hearing the story again for the first time ever! The candlelit ambience and the atmosphere of the church and surrounding cemetery made it the most haunting event of the weekend! Kudos to Kruk and everyone involved in the production!

I strongly suggest everyone in the town of Sleepy Hollow on weekends during October go to see this show! There's nothing like it anywhere in the world.
Written October 28, 2013
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mafisc
Beaverton, OR141 contributions
This review is for both the Old Dutch Church Cemetery and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. If you visit, you'll see why I combine the two although they are technically separate.

As you enter the south gate of Sleepy Hollow, you can pull off to the right and park. I would advise this as many of the paths are narrow and you never know when you'll find someone coming from the opposite direction.

The Old Dutch Church is right on the top of the hill there, but you have to exit the gates and walk up the path. Also, there is a sign near the entrance gate commemorating Ichabod Crane's ride over the bridge to escape the headless horseman. Although there is some controversy if that is the real spot where the legend supposedly took place (there's another bridge within the cemetery, but many people believe the real bridge is gone and neither spot is correct), this still makes for a great photo opportunity. Also, there's a cool rusted sculpture directly across the street depicting the headless horseman.

If you continue into Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, you'll see signs directing you to Irving's grave. Once you get to the Irving family plot, you can walk down into the Old Dutch Church Cemetery or continue in Sleepy Hollow. There's a map box near Irving's grave to direct you to the other bridge as well as famous graves such as those belonging to Samuel Gompers and Andrew Carnegie.

It's interesting to see how the cemetery is divided using pipes. Nearly every section is split off.
Written May 16, 2007
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,815 contributions
The old Dutch church was closed on our visit, but we walked the grounds and enjoyed the afternoon. The headless horseman history of the area makes it a spooky spot in any season.
Written September 14, 2020
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Road Trip
Ohio26 contributions
Couples
Would recommend visiting during the month of October when you can enjoy the Hudson River Valley's very own storyteller spinning the tale of Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow! The ambience of the season, along with the storyteller and the falling, blowing autumn leaves outside the candle lit windows add drama and suspense.
Written May 22, 2018
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Pryst
Staatsburg, NY283 contributions
Solo
The Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground is next to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (which abuts Kykuit) and so if you're in the area and visiting one you may as well continue on and visit the others. The Old Dutch Church dates from the late 17th century and the grounds are rich in history. Henry Hudson came sailing up the river known as Muhheakunnuk to the Native Americans ("the river that runs two ways) in 1609 and was the first European explorer to visit the Hudson Valley. The Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground, then, is among the earliest sites in the region and one can almost feel the weight of history walking the grounds. The site is best known for its role in Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and they host an inspired reading of the famous story every year around Halloween.
Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible though may be difficult for a wheelchair. For anyone who walks with a cane, even with difficulty (such as I often do), it is easily manageable. The church is only open by appointment but the church yard alone is worth the visit. It is a very different kind of experience from the neighboring Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with the grand tombs of the industrious and wealthy. If one has ever read Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" this cemetery will be doubly meaningful. If you have the time, certainly wander around and take in the many possible stories the past seems to whisper here.
Written March 5, 2016
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Amy M
Meadville, PA65 contributions
Couples
If you love The Legend of Sleepy Hollow this will thrill you. I never knew there was an REAL Dutch church and bridge which inspired Washington Irving when writing the book. The church was old when Irving was around (about 400 years old now) and is still in use! It's a beautiful church. I wish we could have been able to get into it but I don't blame them for keeping it locked. The cemetery is OLD as well. YOu can see where Irving is buried in his family plot. The roads are narrow and windy. If you stand at the church and look down towards town you will see a blue historic sign. Walk down. YOu will be standing at the point where the real bridge used to be, the one the headless horseman could not cross. We thoroughly enjoyed this place. For a spur of the moment decision it was a true gem.
Written June 29, 2015
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BeachBabyBongo
Old Orchard Beach, ME39 contributions
Couples
Never have I felt a legend come to life as much as I did during my stay here. I spent a weekend in Sleepy Hollow several years ago and the new FOX tv series/approaching fall season has stirred up macabre emotions in me again! Absolutely go on Halloween weekend. Yes it will be busy, but why else come here if not to be bumping elbows with the greatest spooks of our time?? Take the walk through Horseman’s Hollow, ride the Haunted Hayride, go to the Old Dutch Church and listen to a dramatic reading of the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow. (Book early as these do sell out!) While in the cemetery, I was lucky enough to meet a local character who walked me around the cemetery and told me tales and pointed out the gravestones of Katrina Van Tassel (Ichabod’s love), Washington Irvine, and a wide clearing for the unmarked body of the headless horseman. No one knows exactly where his body lies so there are no graves around it for fear of disturbing his already disturbed slumber. You can even see the stone remnants of the original bridge Ichabod raced across that fateful Halloween night with the Horseman hot on his trail! And if you’re lucky you’ll get to see the Headless Horseman himself riding through the cemetery searching for his head. And if you’re unlucky….he might take yours!!
Written September 17, 2013
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