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Sleepy Hollow, New York
The Old Dutch Church in 1907
The Old Dutch Church in 1907
Location of Sleepy Hollow, New York
Location of Sleepy Hollow, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Westchester
Town Mount Pleasant
 • Total 5.21 sq mi (13.48 km2)
 • Land 2.24 sq mi (5.81 km2)
 • Water 2.96 sq mi (7.67 km2)
89 ft (27 m)
 • Total 9,986
 • Density 4,568.00/sq mi (1,763.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 914
FIPS code 36-67638
GNIS feature ID 0958934

Sleepy Hollow is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County, New York, United States. The village is located on the east bank of the Hudson River, approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of New York City, and is served by the Philipse Manor stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line. To the south of Sleepy Hollow is the village of Tarrytown, and to the north and east are unincorporated parts of Mount Pleasant. The population of the village at the 2020 census was 9,986.

Originally incorporated as North Tarrytown in the late 19th century, in 1996 the village officially adopted the traditional name for the area. The village is known internationally through "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", an 1820 short story about the local area and its infamous specter, the Headless Horseman, written by Washington Irving, who lived in Tarrytown and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Owing to this story, as well as the village's roots in early American history and folklore, Sleepy Hollow is considered by some to be one of the "most haunted places in the world". Paradoxically, Sleepy Hollow has also been designated "the safest small 'city' [i.e., under 100,000 residents] in America".

The village is home to the Philipsburg Manor House and the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, as well as the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where in addition to Irving, numerous other notable people are buried.


Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, New York
Philipsburg Manor House at the Upper Mills

The land that would become Sleepy Hollow was first bought from Adriaen van der Donck, a patroon in New Netherland before the English takeover in 1664. Starting in 1672 Frederick Philipse began acquiring large parcels of land mainly in today's southern Westchester County. Comprising some 52,000 acres (81 sq mi) of land, it was bounded by the Spuyten Duyvil Creek, the Croton River, the Hudson River, and the Bronx River. Philipse was granted a royal charter in 1693, creating the Manor of Philipsburg and establishing him as first lord.

In today's Sleepy Hollow he established an upper mill and shipping depot, today part of the Philipse Manor House historic site. A pious man, he was architect and financier of the town's Old Dutch Church, said also to have built the pulpit with his own hands.

When Philipse died in 1702, the manor was divided between his son, Adolphus Philipse, and his grandson, Frederick Philipse II. Adolph received the Upper Mills property, which extended from Dobbs Ferry to the Croton River. Frederick II was given the Lower Mills at the confluence of the Saw Mill and Hudson Rivers, the two parcels being reunited on his uncle's death. His son, Frederick III, became the third lord of the manor in 1751.

In 1779, Frederick Philipse III, a Loyalist, was attained for treason, The manor was confiscated and sold at public auction, split between 287 buyers. The largest tract of land (about 750 acres (300 ha)) was at the Upper Mills; it passed to numerous owners until 1951, when it was acquired by Sleepy Hollow Restorations. Thanks to the philanthropy of John D. Rockefeller Jr., about 20 acres (8.1 ha) were restored as today's historic site.


Sleepy Hollow is located at 41°5′31″N 73°51′52″W / 41.09194°N 73.86444°W / 41.09194; -73.86444 (41.091998, −73.864361). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13 km2), of which 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), or 55.58%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,684
1890 3,179 18.4%
1900 4,241 33.4%
1910 5,421 27.8%
1920 5,927 9.3%
1930 7,417 25.1%
1940 8,804 18.7%
1950 8,740 −0.7%
1960 8,818 0.9%
1970 8,334 −5.5%
1980 7,994 −4.1%
1990 8,152 2.0%
2000 9,212 13.0%
2010 9,870 7.1%
2020 9,986 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,870 people, 3,181 households, and 2,239 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,054.7 people per square mile (1,566.9/km2). There were 3,253 housing units at an average density of 1,431.8 per square mile (553.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 61.01% Caucasian, 6.21% African American, 0.83% Native American, 3.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 23.47% from other races, and 5.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 51.04% of the population, many of whom are Ecuadorian, Dominican, Chilean, and Puerto Rican. Sleepy Hollow has one of the highest proportions of Ecuadorian American residents of any community nationwide, standing at 17.54% as of the 2010 census.

There were 3,181 households, out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $54,201, and the median income for a family was $63,889. Males had a median income of $39,923 versus $32,146 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,325. About 5.7% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Guy Adami, professional investor, trader and television personality
  • Bob Akin (March 6, 1936 – April 29, 2002), business executive, journalist, television commentator and champion sports car racing driver
  • Dave Anthony, stand-up comedian, writer, actor and podcaster
  • Fay Baker (January 31, 1917 – December 8, 1987), actress and author
  • Kathleen Beller, actress
  • Clarence Clough Buel (July 29, 1850 – May 22, 1933), editor and author
  • Keith Hamilton Cobb, actor best known for The Young and the Restless
  • Abraham de Revier Sr. (c. 1650c. 1720), early American historian and elder of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow
  • Vincent Desiderio, realist painter
  • Karen Finley, performance artist
  • John C. Frémont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890), military officer, explorer, and politician who became the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States
  • Margaret Hardenbroeck (c. 1637c. 1690), merchant in colonial New York and wife of Frederick Philipse, Lord of Philipse Manor
  • Elsie Janis (March 16, 1889 – February 26, 1956), singer, songwriter, actress, and screenwriter
  • Tom Keene (December 30, 1896 – August 4, 1963), actor best known for King Vidor's film classic Our Daily Bread and Ed Wood's film Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Ambrose Kingsland (May 24, 1804 – October 13, 1878), wealthy merchant and mayor of New York City
  • Karl Knortz (August 28, 1841 – July 27, 1918), German-American author and champion of American literature
  • Joseph L. Levesque, former President of Niagara University
  • Joan Lorring (April 17, 1926 – May 30, 2014), Academy Award-nominated actress and singer
  • Ted Mack (February 12, 1904 – July 12, 1976), radio and television host best known for The Original Amateur Hour
  • Ralph G. Martin (March 4, 1920 – January 9, 2013), author and journalist
  • Donald Moffat (December 26, 1930 - December 20, 2018), British actor
  • Frank Murphy (April 6, 1876 - November 4, 1912), Major League Baseball player
  • Eric Paschall, NBA basketball player
  • Frederick Philipse (c. 1626 – December 23, 1702), Lord of the Manor of Philipseborough (Philipsburg)
  • Adam Savage, co-host of the television show MythBusters
  • Gregg L. Semenza, Nobel Prize-awarded physician, researcher, and professor
  • Dirck Storm (1630–1716), early colonial American known for the Het Notite Boeck record of Dutch village life in New York
  • Worcester Reed Warner (May 16, 1846 – June 25, 1929), mechanical engineer, entrepreneur, manager, astronomer, and philanthropist
  • General James Watson Webb (February 8, 1802 – June 7, 1884), United States diplomat, newspaper publisher, and New York politician

In popular culture

  • Sleepy Hollow is the setting of Washington Irving's 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and its many adaptations in other media.
  • Sleepy Hollow is the setting of the television series Sleepy Hollow, though in this series, Sleepy Hollow is greatly expanded from a small village to a city with a population of 144,000, as indicated by a sign at the beginning of the pilot episode. Several aerial shots of the actual village are incorporated into the series.
  • Sleepy Hollow has been used as a filming location for many motion picture and television productions including: the 1944 film The Curse of the Cat People; the 1955 film The Scarlet Coat, partially about Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold's associate John Andre's real-life capture in the village; the 1970 film adaptation of the Dark Shadows television series, House of Dark Shadows; Woody Allen's 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite; the "Tale of the Midnight Ride" episode of the television series Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Sidney Lumet's 1999 film remake Gloria; the 1999 film remake The Thomas Crown Affair; the 2000 film The Family Man; the 2003 film Super Troopers; the 2005 film Lord of War; Robert De Niro's 2006 film The Good Shepherd; the 2010 film The Bounty Hunter; the 2012 film Why Stop Now; the 2013 film The English Teacher; the "Two Boats and a Helicopter" episode of the television series The Leftovers; the 2014 Stephen King film adaptation A Good Marriage; an episode of the television series Madam Secretary; an episode of the television series Property Brothers during its Westchester-dedicated season; the 2016 film adaptation The Girl on the Train; the television series Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker; the 2017 film Yeh Din Ka Kissa; the 2017 film Wonderstruck; and the television series Sneaky Pete.
  • Sleepy Hollow is a location in the 2014 game Assassin's Creed Rogue.
  • Sleepy Hollow is the location for the book The Hollow by Jessica Verday.
  • Olympic athlete, television personality, and activist Caitlyn Jenner, a Sleepy Hollow High School alumnus, led TV journalist Diane Sawyer on a tour of the village and neighboring Tarrytown during her 2015 interview on 20/20.

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