Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Walking Tours

Daytime guided tours — 2014 Dates

Advance reservations required. Two-hour tours $19.99; one-hour tours $9.99. Please note at which gate each tour starts.

2014 Dates:

The Classic Tour: July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. August 2 at 10:30 a.m.  August 3, 10, 17 and 31 at 2 p.m.  September 1 at 10:30 a.m.
New! Titans of Industry:  August 24 at 2 p.m.;  August 16 at 10:30 a.m.

New! Creative Geniuses of Yesteryear: July 26 at 2 p.m. and August 30 at 10:30 a.m.
New! Ladies of the Hollow:  July 19 at 2 p.m.;  August 9 and 23 at 10:30 a.m.

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 cemetery art, architecture, and symbols on our grounds, and we almost always step into the cemetery’s 114-year-old underground receiving vault. A great choice for first time visitors!  Meeting point: South Gate (430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

Titans of Industry On this two-hour tour visit 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. Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

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)

Ladies of the Hollow  Meet some of the fascinating ladies who permanently reside here. 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 on this two-hour tour!  Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

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 — 2014 Dates

Advance reservations required. $24.99.

The Classic Tour Our classic two-hour evening lantern tour introduces some of the famous and infamous residents of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. After paying respects to Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, we may visit the cemetery’s Revolutionary War monument, the soaring Gothic monument of a wealthy merchant, industrialists Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller, and others. We also introduce some of the cemetery art and architecture on our grounds, and we almost always step into the cemetery’s 114-year-old underground receiving vault. A great choice for first time visitors! Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

• Summer 2014 dates: July 19 at 9 p.m.;  August 2, 16 and 23 at 8:30 p.m.  August 30 at 8:00 p.m.

• Autumn 2014 dates: September 5, 6, 12, 19, 20 and 26 at 8:00 p.m.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October 7:00-9:00 p.m.  October Fridays and Saturdays also from 10 p.m.-12 midnight.

Murder & Mayhem This two-hour tour introduces some of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s fallen angels and colorful incidents. 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. Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

• Summer 2014 Dates: July 26 at 9 p.m.;  August 9 at 8:30 p.m. and August 31 at 8:00 p.m.

• Autumn 2014 Dates: September 13 and 27, and every Saturday night in October from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

The Good, the Bad and the Unusual Join Sara Mascia and Tara Van Tassell of our local historical society as they discover our colorful local residents and some of our world famous inhabitants. You’ll visit author Washington Irving, self-styled frontiersman Alfred Weed, poet and eccentric Minna Irving, business owner and social activist Amanda Foster, wealthy industrialists William Rockefeller and John Archbold, labor leader Samuel Gompers, and many others all by the light of kerosene lanterns.  Yes, Tara is a real Van Tassell, and she may even dish on her famous family!  Meeting point: North Gate (540 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

Autumn 2014 Dates: September 26 and 27.  October 4, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31.  November 1.  From 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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.

Weather: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery walking tours generally run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. 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.


Schedule a tour

Tour operators, corporate and civic groups, email us at tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org for information about scheduling your group. Please note that tour buses and other large vehicles are not permitted without advance arrangements; access fees apply for all groups.


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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