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Visit to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, NY

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Visit to the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, NY

Built in 1685 by the lord of Philipsburg Manor, the Old Dutch Church is the oldest existing church in New York, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow (also known as the Dutch Reformed Church) and its three-acre colonial-era burying ground served as the inspiration for—and is featured prominently in—Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Dirck Storm (1630–1716) was an early colonial American famous for composing the history of the Dutch community at Sleepy Hollow and beginning the community's records. His book "Het Notite Boeck der Christelyckes Kercke op de Manner of Philips Burgh" is one of the nation's most valuable historical documents. Sometimes referred to as "Het Notite Boeck", the five-part book is a rare surviving record of Dutch Colonial American village life in English-occupied New York province.

Grave of Washington Irving (1783–1859), lawyer, diplomat, and internationally famous author of essays, short stories, histories, and biographies, notably “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.

Tomb of Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), Scottish-American industrialist, steel magnate, and philanthropist. Also probably the wealthiest man in history.

Tomb of William Rockefeller (1841–1922), with his brother John D. Rockefeller, a founder of the Standard Oil Company.

Tomb of  John Dustin Archbold  (1848–1916), a director of the Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company.

Tomb of John Dustin Archbold (1848–1916), a director of the Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company.

Not sure who's buried here.  I don't think they're related to the coffee chain giant.

Tomb of Walter Chrysler (1875–1940), businessman and founder of the Chrysler automobile company; commissioned New York City’s Chrysler Building.

Unknown family.  It was eerie though to find a tomb with my name on it.

Tomb of Harry Helmsley (1909–1997), real estate mogul who built a company that became one of the biggest property holders in the United States, and his wife Leona Helmsley (1920-2007), in a mausoleum with a stained-glass panorama of the Manhattan skyline. Leona famously bequeathed $12 million to her dog.

The Headless Horseman Bridge


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