Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – The old dutch burial ground

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow (Dutch: Oude Nederlandse Kerk van Sleepy Hollow), listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Dutch Reformed Church (Sleepy Hollow), is a 17th-century stone church located on Albany Post Road (U.S. Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, New York, United States. It and its three-acre (1.2 ha) churchyard feature prominently in Washington Irving’s 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The churchyard is often confused with the contiguous but separate Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

It is the second oldest extant church and the 15th oldest extant building in the state of New York, renovated after an 1837 fire. Some of those renovations were reversed 60 years later, and further work was done in 1960. It was listed on the Register in 1966, among the earliest properties so recognized. It had already been designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. It is still the property of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, which holds summer services there, as well as on special occasions such as Christmas Eve.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Tamron Di III VXD A056SF 70-180mm f2.8.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – Some graves and monuments

Andrew Carnegie. A very simple monument for a very rich man (an one point the richest person in the world)

Monument in Ancient Egyptian style to someone called Pratt. That’s all I know.

Ellen Lucia Woodford 1849? As you can see the inscription has almost vanished over time.

Major Orlando Jay Smith marker with another Egyptian style mausoleum in the background. “Orlando Jay Smith (June 14, 1842 – December 20, 1908) was an early 20th-century American philosopher. Though he was an avowed agnostic, he advocated for the search to a meaning in life which would be commensurate with the possible existence of an ultimate intelligence.”

Urn with James Jennings McCombe monument in the background. McCombe was an Irish Cotton magnate who patented the Arrow Tie, an iron buckle designed for more efficient baling

Interestingly shaped marker. I can’t recall ever seeing one quite like it.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Tamron Di III VXD A056SF 70-180mm f2.8.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – a couple of mausoleums

The weather was gorgeous a few days ago so I decided to go for a walk in nearby Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Although we tend to refer to it as Sleepy Hollow Cemetery it’s actually two adjoining cemeteries. The Old Dutch Burial Ground is the older part. It’s interesting historically, but to me less interesting photographically. The newer part is the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery proper where you find a lot of large monuments and mausoleums.

Above and the next three pictures: The Archbold Mausoleum – to me perhaps the most spectacular in the Cemetery. “John Dustin Archbold was born in Leesburg, Ohio, and moved to Pennsylvania by 1864. In 1870, he married Annie M. Mills. Together they had four children, Mary Lavina born 1871, Anne born 1873, Frances born 1875, and John Foster born 1877. He became president of Acme Oil Company. In 1875, he became a director and vice president of Standard Oil Company until 1911 when he took over as president. He held this position until his death in 1916.”

Architectural details of the Archbold Mausoleum entrance.

Closer view of the spectacular mosaic over the doorway.

Detail of the door to the Archbold Mausoleum.

The two pictures below are of the Darius Ogden Mills Mausoleum. Darius Ogden Mills (September 25, 1825 – January 3, 1910) was a prominent American banker and philanthropist. For a time, he was California’s wealthiest citizen.

Mills was born in North Salem, in Westchester County, New York, the fifth son of Hannah Ogden (1791–1850) and James Mills (1788–1841), a supervisor, postmaster and justice of the peace for the town of North Salem. In 1841, aged 15 he began working as a clerk in a small general store in New York City. At age 21, he moved to Buffalo, New York and became the cashier of the Merchants’ Bank of Erie County, and later a one third owner.

In December 1848, he took an exploratory trip to California, through the Isthmus of Panama, where he joined the California Gold Rush. By November 1849, he had made $40,000 and decided to make California his permanent home. In 1850, he returned to Buffalo where he sold his interest in the Bank and returned to Sacramento, where he founded his own bank, the “Gold Bank of D. O. Mills & Co.
In 1864, with other investors, he founded the Bank of California, which grew large in the 1860s and 1870s, but collapsed due to financial irregularities involving its chief cashier, William Chapman Ralston. Mills used his personal fortune to revive the bank and within three years, the bank was again strong.

In 1880, two years after resigning from his second term as the president of the Bank of California, Mills returned to New York, where he participated in the development of a number of buildings in Manhattan, including 160 Bleecker Street, or “Mills House No. 1”. He also invested in the Niagara Falls Power Company, one of the first large power companies organized in the United States. His devotion to philanthropy involved sitting on the boards of a number of charitable and cultural institutions.

Mills died of a heart attack in 1910 at his Millbrae home, leaving an estate worth $36,227,391. His remains were returned to the East Coast for burial in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Tamron Di III VXD A056SF 70-180mm f2.8.