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Section in Sleepy Hollow, Scaryville
See and Fear
Sleepy Hollow boasts a concentration of haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and haunted houses unmatched in the New World and the Old. Visitors cannot escape the terrors of this village. From the realm of the Headless Horseman to the schoolhouse of poor Ichabod Crane, no corner, no nook or cranny, nowhere at all is safe in this horrifying place. "The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions: stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole nine fold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols." - Washington Irving
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The Old Dutch Church

The Old Dutch Church

The church has stood sequestered on a knoll, surrounded by locust-trees and lofty elms, since 1685. The 3-acre churchyard is home to the remains of the town's ancient settlers, along with their cursed souls, which wander the grounds night after night finding no rest. The legend tells that the Horseman's headless body lies buried here. It is a sombre place, and the centre of all spectral activity in the Hollow. "There was a contagion in the very air that blew from that haunted region; it breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies infecting all the land." - Washington Irving
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Church Bridge

Church Bridge

To one side of the church extends a woody dell, cut across by a murky stream. A small wooden bridge extends over this stream, framed on either side by overhanging trees whose long branches reach out over the heads of passers-by, casting a gloom about it even in the daytime, but occasioning a fearful, all-encompassing darkness at night. This is one of the favourite haunts of the Galloping Hessian of the Hollow, where he is known to appear from the shadows and vanish in a flash of fire with a deafening clap of thunder. "This has ever since been considered a haunted stream, and fearful are the feelings of the schoolboy who has to pass it alone after dark." - Washington Irving
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The Schoolhouse

The Schoolhouse

Many years ago a schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane had the misfortune of residing for a time in Sleepy Hollow. He disappeared suddenly one night after crossing the old church bridge, reportedly having encountered the Headless Horseman. The rudely constructed schoolhouse he set up stands in a lonely place, isolated at the foot of a woody hill. After Crane's disappearance the schoolhouse fell into decay, and is said to be haunted by the ghost of the unfortunate pedagogue, still writhing in terror of the Galloping Hessian. This dreary place still stands today, if brave visitors dare to venture there. "What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!" - Washington Irving
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Philipsburg Manor

Philipsburg Manor

Historically the home of the Van Tassel family, and the last place Ichabod Crane was ever seen alive, this mansion has a dark past. Crane greatly coveted the heiress to this manor and its accompanying lands, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, but his desires would go unfulfilled, as his encounter with the Headless Horseman on that fateful night would be the end of Mr. Ichabod Crane. "Then, as he wended his way, by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farm-house where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination." - Washington Irving
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The Old Dutch Cemetery

The Old Dutch Cemetery

The eerie feeling that surrounds this place cannot easily be put into words. One would be hard pressed to find a more haunted location in all the world. Countless spirits, spectres, phantoms and demons walk this ground night after night, terrorising locals and visitors alike, trapped in an eternity without rest. Washington Irving himself was laid to rest here. "To look upon its grass-grown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace." - Washington Irving
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