Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Walking Tours

Daytime guided tours — 2015 Dates

Advance reservations required.

Daytime tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on select weekdays. Depending on the date, the theme varies, as does the starting time.

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! Two hours, $19.99. Meeting point: South Gate (430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

Classic tour dates: Saturdays and Sundays in September, October and November. Also on Labor Day and Columbus Day Mondays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Original Knickerbocker – Washington Irving & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  Trace the footsteps of Washington Irving’s most famous characterIchabod 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. One hour. $9.99. Meeting point: South Gate (430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow)

Original Knickerbocker dates: Every Saturday and Sunday in September, plus Labor Day Monday from 11 a.m.-12 noon. In October every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-12 noon and also 12:30-1:30 p.m. On October 21, 22, 23 and all Halloween week from 2:00-3:00 p.m. November 1 from 11:00 a.m.-12 noon and also 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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. All evening tours $24.99.

Lantern tours are offered Friday and Saturday evenings through September. In October there will be lantern tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, as well as on select weekday evenings. Depending on the date, the theme varies, as does the starting time.  

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!

Classic lantern tour 2015 dates:  In September, Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. except September 12 and 26.  In October, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.-12 midnight. Columbus Day (October 12), Wednesdays October 21 and 28, Thursdays October 15, 22 and 29 and every night the week before Halloween from 7:00-9:00 p.m. November 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.-12 midnight. Also, November 8, 15 and 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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.

Murder & Mayhem 2015 dates:  September 6, 12 and 26 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. In October every Thursday (except 10/1) and Saturday night from 8:00-10:00 p.m., with an extra 10:00 p.m. – 12 midnight tour on Halloween night. November 7, 14 and 28 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Good, the Bad, and the Unusual  Join Sara Mascia and Tara Van Tassell from our local historical society as they dish about our colorful local residents and some of our world famous inhabitants. You can guess who will be good, bad, or unusual! Among the many locals are self-styled frontiersman Alfred Weed, poet and eccentric Minna Irving, and wealthy industrialists William Rockefeller and John Archbold. They will also bring guests to visit some of the individuals who became locals by making Sleepy Hollow their final resting place, such as labor leader Samuel Gompers, a crop of Alexander Hamiltons, and many others all by the light of kerosene lanterns. Yes, Tara is a real Van Tassell!

The Good, the Bad, and the Unusual 2015 dates: September 25 and 26. October 2, 3, 9, 10 and 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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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