Jody Visits Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow – yes it is actually a real place – is located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of Manhattan.  The historic village has a population of about 9,000, including a large number of professionals who make the easy forty-minute commute by train into Manhattan.

Immortalized in Washington Irving’s famous tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this quiet Village has preserved much of its history and natural beauty.  Initially an agricultural district, Sleepy Hollow later became a manufacturing center, producing items such as steam-powered automobiles, shoes, and batteries. Around the turn-of-the-century, Sleepy Hollow’s bucolic setting and close proximity to Manhattan attracted millionaires like Anson Phelps, Ambrose Kingsland and John D. Rockefeller, who built beautiful mansions in the area, some of which are open to the public.

Today Sleepy Hollow combines city convenience and small-town charm.  For visitors and residents alike, the village offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures and activities, with parks, forests, rivers, lakes, streams and trails along one of the most scenic stretches of the Hudson River. There is trout fishing, horseback riding, biking, boating, hiking, and the great history and fabulous legends to explore.