The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund

The mission of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund is to promote and advance the welfare of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery of Tarrytown. Our goal is to preserve and maintain monuments, buildings and edifices at the Cemetery that are of historic, cultural, and architectural significance. We aim to encourage and advance the public knowledge and appreciation of this historic site in order to create awareness of the need to preserve and maintain this Cemetery, which is on the Register of National Historic Landmarks.

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.”

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.