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.

• August 2014 dates:
The Classic Tour: August 30 and 31 at 2 p.m. Titans of Industry:  August 24 at 2 p.m. Ladies of the Hollow:  August 23 at 10:30 a.m.

• September 2014 dates:
The Classic Tour: September 1 at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m.  September 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 2 p.m. September 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Titans of Industry:  September 7, 13, and 27 at 2 p.m. September 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Ladies of the Hollow:  September 6 and 20 at 2 p.m. September 14 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.
The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: September 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 10 am. Sundays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 at 2 pm. Part of the 15th Annual Hudson River Ramble series of events! 

• October 2014 dates:
The Classic Tour: All October Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 13 at 10:30 a.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.

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 New! 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)

Ladies of the Hollow New! 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)

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.

• 2014 Dates:

The Classic Lantern Tour: August 23 at 8:30 p.m. August 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m.  September 5, 6, 12, 19, 20 and 26 at 8:00 p.m.  October 13 at 8:30 p.m.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October plus November 1 & 2 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. October Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus November 1 & 2 also from 10 p.m.-12 midnight.

Murder & Mayhem:  August 31 at 8:00 p.m.  September 13 and 27, and every Saturday night in October plus November 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

The Good, the Bad & the Unusual:  September 26 and 27. October 4, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31. November 1. From 7:00-9:00 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.  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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