|Sculpture of the Headless Horseman chasing Ichabod Crane on entering Sleep Hollow, New York|
|Not the original, but a fine replica at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery|
Once we reached the cemetery, birds could be heard coming from every direction. The chattering of crows, finches, and sparrows echoed along the hills and valleys of what should’ve been a place of peace and rest. The screeching and squawking was so loud that it was difficult to stay focused. But, in truth, we rarely saw a bird, only the occasional crow who came to spy on us as we spied on the tombs of the dead. And the tombs were, indeed, worth spying on.
Many notable people are laid to rest in the grassy knolls of Sleepy Hollow cemetery. Surprisingly, Irving’s plot is quite humble among some of the more large and intricately detailed graveyard monuments. I found a few shorter lists of famous people buried at the cemetery, which can be found here and here.
|Humble family plot of Washinton Irving in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery|
|Civil War Memorial of soldier overlooking graves of soldiers|
The cemetery is ever expanding and its open to visitors. But stick to the path. I was tripped up more than a few times when I wandered off giving a few crows among some smirking statues a good laugh.
Links (because knowledge is power against all evil): Washington Irving | Headless Horseman Bridge | Town Website
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