National Register of Historic Places

For Immediate Release
Contact: Len Andrew, 914 631-6530

540 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Listed on New York and National Register of Historic Places

The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund is pleased to announce that the Cemetery has been listed on both the New York State and the National Registers of Historic Places.

The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, and is the country’s official list of United States historic sites considered “worthy of preservation.”  Addition to the Register “honors the property by recognizing its importance to its community, State, or the Nation.”

Join our celebration on September 24 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Washington Irving Chapel, on Route 9.

In attendance will be community residents, major public officials, and prominent visitors from around the region. Following presentations in front of the historic Washington Irving Chapel, there will be many festivities, including historic music, cemetery tours, and refreshments.  It is reputed that the Headless Horseman will be in the area at the time

In listing Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, it was said the Cemetery “embodies… distinctive characteristics of a type, [or] period, [and it] possesses high artistic values.”

Specifically cited were:

– “the design landscape” of natural settings, rolling hills, Hudson River views, and the presence of the Pocantico River, as examples of the rural cemetery movement of the mid-19th Century;

– the works of well-known American architects and sculptors of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries seen in numerous headstones and mausoleums;

– major structures such as the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel and the William Rockefeller mausoleum; and

– the nationally-known individuals buried there including Brooke and Vincent Astor, Major Edward Bowes, Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, Samuel Gompers, Oswald Villard, Thomas Watson, and, of course, Washington Irving.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is 85 acres in size, has over 40,000 in-ground interments, and a new community mausoleum. With the opening of the “Riverview Natural Burial Grounds”, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery has become one of a very small number of burial places in the country that provide a “natural” or “green” burial option.

The idea for the Cemetery originated with Washington Irving and Captain Jacob Storm as the villages of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown were growing and additional burial space was required locally.  The Cemetery was formally opened (as Tarrytown Cemetery) in 1849.

Tentative Program

  • Welcome and Greeting – Steve Byelick
  • Introduction of Board and public officials
  • A Brief History of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • Presentation of Proclamations
  • Moment of Silence in memory of David Logan
  • Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks
  • Closing Remarks
  • Refreshments in Chapel
  • Historic Music (Rick Spencer)
  • Walking Tours
  • Headless Horseman

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund, Inc., is a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.