Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tours and events

A trip to Sleepy Hollow isn’t complete without a visit to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and its famous residents, including Elizabeth Arden, Brooke Astor, Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, Samuel Gompers, Washington Irving, and William Rockefeller. Cemetery raconteur Doug Keister sums it up: “Sleepy Hollow has it all; spooky lilting 18th century death’s head tombstones, twisting narrow roads, majestic mausoleums and magnificent statuary, perfectly placed onto a hilly woodland canvas. It’s a cemetery with a capital ‘C’.”

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s guided tours run April through November. Other programs and events run year round.


Evening guided tours — 2013 dates

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery lantern

Advanced reservations required.

These popular evening lantern tours introduce you to some of the famous and infamous residents of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery—all by the light of kerosene lanterns. After paying respects to Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” you may visit a Revolutionary War militia captain, the cemetery’s Revolutionary War monument, the soaring Gothic monument of a wealthy merchant, industrialists Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller, and others. You’ll also be introduced to some of the cemetery art, architecture, and symbols on the grounds, and tours often step into the cemetery’s 113-year-old underground receiving vault.

• November:
Classic lantern tour, Saturdays, November 16, 23, 30, 7 pm.

Questions about Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tours? Email tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org.


Walking Tours

Afternoon guided tours — 2013 dates

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery afternoon tour

Advanced reservations required.

Dig deeper into the history of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and its inhabitants. 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. You’ll also be introduced to some of the art and architecture on the grounds, learn to decipher cryptic cemetery symbols, and step into a 113-year-old underground vault.

• November:
The Original Knickerbocker tour (one hour): Saturdays and Sundays, November 2-3, 9-10; 11 am.
Two-hour guided walking tours, Saturdays and Sundays, November 2-3, 9-10; 2 pm.

Questions about Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tours? Email tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org.


Questions about Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tours? Email tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org.

Themed tour. Murder & Mayhem introduces some of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s fallen angels and colorful incidents. By the flickering light of a lantern you’ll meet both victims and perpetrators: the flamboyant businesswoman remembered as “the wickedest woman in New York,” a debonair counterfeiter, the scene of a grave robbery, a brotherly murder-suicide, and the celebrated opera singer who was alleged to have assaulted, extorted, and killed various of her seven husbands. • 2013 Dates: Complete for the season.

Themed tour.  The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & the Legend of Sleepy Hollow traces 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 113-year old receiving vault, stop at a Revolutionary War monument, visit wealthy industrialists, as well as admire the cemetery’s lovely art and architecture during this one-hour walking tour. • 2013 Dates: Complete for the season.

Themed tour. The Good, the Bad and the Unusual. Join Sara Mascia and Tara Van Tassell (yep, she’s a real Van Tassell) as they discover our colorful local residents and some of our world famous inhabitants. You’ll visit author Washington Irving, inventor and self-styled frontiersman Alfred Weed, eccentric poet 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. You might even talk Tara into spinning a few tales of her legendary family!
• 2013 Dates: Complete for the season.

Schedule a tour

Tour operators, corporate groups, and other organizations, please email tours@sleepyhollowcemetery.org for more information.


Spooky Stories From Six Feet Under

DaveHeadLocal storyteller David Neilsen presents four spine-tingling cemetery tales of ghoulish ghosts, spooky specters, and fiendish fools. The family that screams together, stays together! For kids aged 7-12.

David Neilsen has been bringing his particular brand of madness to audiences of all ages for more than 20 years.

When: Sunday, October 20, 4:30 pm. Saturday, November 2, 4:30 pm.

Where: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery office/chapel, 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.

Cost: Children 7 to 12: $8. Over 12 and adults: $12.