Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground, Sleepy Hollow

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The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Dutch Reformed Church (Sleepy Hollow), is a 17th-century stone church located on Albany Post Road (U.S. Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, New York, United States. It and its five-acre (2 ha) churchyard feature prominently in Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The churchyard is often confused with the contiguous but separate Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.It is the second oldest extant church and the 15th oldest extant building in the state of New York, renovated after an 1837 fire. Some of those renovations were reversed 60 years later, and further work was done in 1960. It was listed on the Register in 1966, among the earliest properties so recognized. It had already been designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. It is still the property of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, which holds summer services there, as well as on special occasions such as Christmas Eve.BuildingThe church is located on the east side of Albany Post Road, opposite the Devries Road intersection, just north of downtown Sleepy Hollow. The neighborhoods to the west are residential. A wooded area to the southeast buffers the church from residential areas in that direction. Approximately 300 ft (100 m) to the south is the mill pond at Philipsburg Manor House, another National Historic Landmark. The churchyard and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, itself listed on the Register, are to the north.
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  • I really enjoyed taking a tour of of the church and the burying ground. There is some history here that has been woven into our literary world. This is adjacent to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery so you ca...  more »
  • I'm pretty good with directions but if you follow the GPS you will end up at the wrong gate for the night tour. There is then a sign on the gate( not visible during the day when the gates are open and...  more »
  • This is a must stop if you follow Irving and the local folklore. It makes Halloween so real and fun. It also helps bring education to the fun of it all. The site is a great photo spot if you catch the...  more »

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