The inscription on this marker reads: “Presented to the Village of North Tarrytown by the Centennial Committee. 1874-1974.” Why “North Tarrytown”? Well, the reality is that until 1996 that’s what the village was called. According to Wikipedia:

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 to many via “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, a 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”.

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 Washington Irving, numerous other notable people are buried.

For more information on the name change see New York Times article: North Tarrytown Votes to Pursue Its Future as Sleepy Hollow. Personally I’d much rather live in Sleepy Hollow than in North Tarrytown.

The marker depicts two of the most famous inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman as featured in Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Taken with an SMC pentax-f 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 on a Sony NEX 5n

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