Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Walking Tours

Daytime guided tours — 2015 Dates

Advance reservations required. $19.99

Daytime tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Depending on the date, the theme varies.

The Classic Tour Dig deeper into the history of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and its residents. On these two-hour walks you’ll hear of Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Revolutionary War veterans, wealthy industrialists, and others. We also introduce some of the interesting art, architecture, and symbols on our grounds, and almost always step into the cemetery’s 115-year-old underground receiving vault. A great choice for first time visitors!  Meeting point: South Gate (430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

Dates:  June 20, 21, and 28.   July 5, 12, 18,19, and 26.  August 1, 2, 9, 15, 16, 23, 29 and 30.

Creative Geniuses of Yesteryear  Lovers of art and architecture will enjoy this two-hour tour highlighting those creative talents of the 20th century who rest here in peace. Stops include Wallace K. Harrison, the architect who played a major role in the design of Rockefeller Center, the United Nations and Lincoln Center, Jasper Francis Cropsey, the famous landscape painter of the Hudson River School, Robert Havell, engraver of Audubon’s “Birds of America”, Artur Bodanzky, conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and many others celebrated for their creative talent.  Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

Dates: June 27, July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22.

Skill level: Some people may find the pace of our walking tours challenging. We cover more than a mile on foot and encounter stairs, unpaved roads, and hills. Please consider your own abilities when signing up for a tour.

Have a question? Email us at tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org or call us at (914) 631-0081 during office hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Evening guided tours — 2015 Dates

Advance reservations required. $24.99

Lantern tours are offered Saturday evenings through the summer from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.  Depending on the date, the theme varies.  

The Classic Tour  Our classic two-hour evening lantern tour introduces you to some of the famous and infamous residents of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. After paying respects to Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, visit the cemetery’s Revolutionary War monument, the soaring Gothic monument of a wealthy merchant, industrialists Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller, and many others. We also introduce you to some of the lovely art and architecture on our grounds, and almost always step into the cemetery’s 115-year-old underground receiving vault. A great choice for first time visitors!

Dates:  July 3, July 25, August 1 and 29.

Titans of Industry  This new two-hour evening lantern tour takes you to the final resting places of some of the famous figures whose impact on American business is still felt today: automobile magnate Walter Chrysler, cosmetic queen Elizabeth Arden, steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Watson, the father of IBM and America’s first celebrity businessman, among many others.  A fun tour to learn more about the men – and women – who helped shape America!

Dates: August 22.

Ladies of the Hollow  Meet some of the fascinating ladies who permanently reside here on this two-hour evening lantern tour. Each made history in her own way, whether in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the glamorous world of the cosmetics industry or the dark, gray walls of federal prison. Among the Ladies of the Hollow are some names you’ll recognize, others will be unfamiliar, but there are fabulous stories to share about all of them!

Dates: June 20, July 18 and August 15.

Murder and Mayhem  Get to know the more infamous residents of the cemetery during this two-hour evening lantern tour.  Join us by lantern light as we meet both victims and perpetrators: the flamboyant businesswoman branded “the wickedest woman in New York,” a debonair counterfeiter, the scene of a grave robbery, victims of “the Mad Murderer of Sleepy Hollow,” a brotherly murder-suicide, and the celebrated opera singer who was alleged to have assaulted, extorted, and killed various of her seven husbands. Subject matter is not suitable for children.

Dates: June 27, July 11 and August 8.

Location: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery North Gate, 540 North Broadway.

Please note there is plenty of free parking inside the gate.

Skill level: Some people may find the pace of our two-hour walking tours challenging. We cover more than a mile on foot and encounter stairs, unpaved roads, and hills. Please consider your own abilities when signing up for a tour.

Refunds & Exchanges: All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds unless tour/event is canceled.

Weather: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery walking tours generally run rain or shine. If we cancel a tour due to severe weather such as high winds, lightning, or heavy rain, we will promptly refund your full purchase price.

Purchase by phone: 1-888-71-TICKETS Monday-Friday, 9AM to 9PM EST.

Refunds and exchanges: All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds unless tour/event is canceled. Our tours leave promptly at the start time, if you arrive after the start time and the gates are locked, no refunds will be given. You must check in at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

 


Schedule a tour

Tour operators, corporate and civic groups, email us at tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org for information about scheduling your group. Please note that ALL public and private organized group tours MUST be conducted by Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. External organizations and parties are expressly prohibited from using the Cemetery for personal profit or private activities not first approved by the Cemetery.


On your own

Walk or drive our 90 acre grounds during visiting hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. Entrance is free to individual members of the public. Please note that tour buses and other large vehicles are not permitted without advance arrangements; access fees apply for all groups.

  • Our full-color, 17” x 20” map is an indispensable guide to more than 50 special features of the cemetery. Purchase at the cemetery office during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm, closed major holidays) or at the Philipsburg Manor museum shop across the street from the cemetery’s south gate. Purchase now through www.sleepyhollowgiftsonline.com.
  • We offer free legal-sized maps of our 90 acres—perfect for a short, self-guided tour to 8 major figures in the cemetery. Pick up a copy at the cemetery office or at the cemetery’s south gate, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church. Download a PDF here.

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