This weekend my boyfriend and I went to Sleepy Hollow to check out some of the events going on in the town. Angel and I thought it would be cool since Halloween is a big thing in Sleepy Hollow. These are some of the tours we went on.
Home of the 'Legend' at Washington Irving's Sunnyside House
The tour was very informative about Irving’s life. The staff does not allow pictures to be taken inside the house because there are original pieces and people may knock something over. When you enter the house the tour guide takes you into Washington Irving's study where you see this amazing painting of the Headless Horseman chasing Ichabod Crane.
One thing I thought was pretty cool is that one of the tour guides mentioned that Charles Dickens visited Washington Irving while he lived in that house and met Irving's brother, Ebenezer Irving. Not shortly after, Dickens released A Christmas Carol with the main character being Ebenezer Scrooge. Coincidence or not?! We will never know.
Kykuit; The Rockefeller Estate
I think this was my favorite tour of the day! This was the home of 4 generations of Rockefeller’s which began with John D. Rockefeller who founded Standard Oil and is still the richest man in America!
Kykuit is a Dutch word which means “Lookout”. I assume it's from the tremendous view you get from the top of the estate.
The estate has 40 room’s inside and is 249 acres. We did the “Classic Tour” which allowed us to view the entire first floor, the gallery, and the inner garden. Pictures were not permitted inside the home, but the experience was definitely breathtaking. You see how each generation of the Rockefellers added a piece of what they liked and parts they did not like. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller was the daughter of a senator of Road Island who had a love for art and founded the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in 1929. Which is the reason why there is a tremendous art room on the ground level of the house.
The gardens were just breathtaking! With an estate that big, the things one can do there.
Horseman's Hollow at Philipsburg Manor
This was a pretty cool little horror walkthrough. It varies from the undead, the insane, the haunted and more creepy characters.
At the end of the maze, you stumble upon the Headless Horseman! You are allowed to take pictures without flash, but since everything is dark, its best to enjoy the experience.
I saw grown men scared and almost pissing their pants! Hilarious. A good scare for many people, especially when characters pop out at you random. We did this tour at 8 p.m. which made it spookier.
Classic Evening Lantern Tour at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
We did this tour at 10 p.m. so it was very dark and creepy. I found that this tour was informational. Our tour guide provided more information on Washington Irving's life. We also learned of some wealthy people who died wealthy and had huge tombstones built for themselves. Andrew Carnegie has a very modest tombstone which said a lot about his characteristics. I recommend wearing sneakers for this tour because the cemetery is not all pavement and there are some hills throughout the walk.
Angel and I loved Sleepy Hollow. It's definitely the perfect Halloween town.
I highly recommend going here during this season. There's so much to do and see. Make sure you plan accordingly and ahead of time. I recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to ensure you get in. Go to http://visitsleepyhollow.com to check out the other events they have.
Hope you guys get a chance to experience the Sleepy Hollow fun!
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