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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Designated Historic Site

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – History buffs have always journeyed to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery . The famous site is the final resting place for many historical people, such as Washington Irving.

Recently, the cemetery was itself designated as a national historical site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is also listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places.

The cemetery is hosting a celebration in recognition of being named a national historical site on Saturday at the Washington Irving Chapel at 11 a.m. In addition to a presentation, there will be music, refreshments and cemetery tours. Officials hinted that the Headless Horseman could also make an appearance.

In listing Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, it was said the Cemetery embodies “possesses high artistic values,” cemetery officials said.

The National Park Service administers the National Register, which is a list of sites considered “worthy of preservation” and “honors the property by recognizing its importance to its community, State, or the Nation.”

The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a non-profit organization that stemmed from an idea by Washington Irving and Captain Jacob Storm. It opened in 1849 as the Tarrytown Cemetery to serve the villages of Tarrytown and North Tarrytown.

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