Top Stories 2012: Virgin Mary In Sleepy Hollow Tree

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Residents and visitors flocked to an image of the Virgin Mary in a Sleepy Hollow tree in 2012. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – An unexpected surprise still has people going to see a Sleepy Hollow tree.

Residents and visitors set up a makeshift shrine around the tree near Cortlandt and Chestnut streets in Sleepy Hollow after an image of the Virgin Mary was spotted in July.

Visitors reported seeing the shape of a woman praying in the tree, which is across the street from the Holy Cross Church. Flowers, candles and more still surround the image going into 2013.

Village officials said they had no plans for the tree.

A poll on The Tarrytown Daily Voice showed readers were split on the issue of whether the tree's image was the Virgin Mary. Ossining resident Jennifer Carchipulla was surprised when she visited.

“I came over to see it, and it's actually pretty interesting," Carchipulla said.

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