Here are a few photos from my family's stroll this past weekend through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York...
Like every other time I've visited, the cemetery was practically empty yesterday. So it really does feel like a reflective quiet space (but for the white noise of the traffic on Route 9 which runs along one side of the land). It's always an interesting exercise to check out the design elements (like fonts and layout) of the grave markings, and compare how the styles have changed according to the fashion of the times. Andrew Carnegie's stone, pictured above, seems to shout to me, 'I am permanent!'.
The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is truly one of my must-sees in the Hudson Valley. Here are some good things worth noting if you go...
- Andrew Carnegie, the Astors, Chrysler, William Rockefeller, Washington Irving, Elizabeth Arden, and Leona Helmsley are all buried here. Maps of burial sites are available for purchase during the week at the cemetery office.
- From the grounds of the cemetery, you'll catch views of the Hudson River, Tappan Zee Bridge, and yes, Manhattan.
- You can enroll in an evening photography workshop at the cemetery in August.
- Start your day (like we did!) with jalapeño hash browns and vanilla pancakes at the child-friendly Wobble Cafe in Ossining
- Rockwood Hall, the Rockefeller Estate Kykuit, and the Rockefeller State Park Preserve are all just minutes away if you want to extend your day in the area.
Photos by Rebecca Pitts.