Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Walking Tours

Daytime guided tours — 2014 Dates

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

• October dates:
The Classic Tour: All October Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: In October every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  October 24 and Halloween week October 27-31 at 2:00 p.m.  Also October 31 at 3:30 p.m.

• November dates:
The Classic Tour:  November 1,2, 8 and 9 at  2:00 p.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)

The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & the Legend of Sleepy Hollow  Trace the footsteps of Washington Irving’s most famous character Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” as we walk to the author’s final resting place.  Learn more about the talented Mr. Irving and his influence on popular culture today. We will also enter the cemetery’s 114-year old receiving vault, stop at a Revolutionary War monument, and admire the cemetery’s lovely art and architecture during this one-hour walking tour. Meeting point: South Gate (430 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.

• October dates:
The Classic Lantern Tour: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and also from 10 p.m.-12 midnight. Halloween week October 27, 28, and 29 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Murder & Mayhem: Every Thursday and Saturday in October from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Halloween night 8:00-10:00 p.m., and 10 p.m.-12 midnight
The Good, the Bad & the Unusual: October 24, 25, and 31 from 7:00 p.m.

• November dates:
The Classic Lantern Tour: November 1 & 2 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and also from 10 p.m.-12 midnight. November 8 & 9 from 7:00 p.m.
Murder & Mayhem: November 1 from 8:00 p.m.
The Good, the Bad & the Unusual: November 1 from 7:00 p.m.

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)

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)

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 on this two-hour tour.  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)

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 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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