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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

A Brief History: Located at 540 North Broadway Sleepy Hollow New York, and formally known as the “Old Dutch Grave Yard”. The cemetery is 90 acres in size and has over 40,000 people buried there including some famous people; Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, William Rockefeller, Walter Chrysler, and Elizabeth Arden. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery started to bury people in this location in 1650. Officially opened as Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in 1849. When Washington Irving wrote the story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, he had this location in mind. This is the location where Ichabod Crane saw the headless horseman. Some of the people buried here died a horrible death. Two brothers that were involved in a brotherly murder suicide. The victims of The Mad Murderer of Sleepy Hollow are buried here. An opera singer who allegedly killed her 7 husbands. There was also a site where there was a grave robbery many years ago.

Haunted History: There have been many claims and experiences that people have reported over the years. Many people have heard screams coming from the cemetery late at night, people have seen apparitions, shadowy figures, and white mists that appear and then disappear. One of the more known legends is called the “Bronze Lady”. When walking past the statue you can hear a woman crying and whimpering. There is a legend that if you sit on the statues lap slap her in the face, spit on her, then kick her in the shins, that you will then have bad dream and she will haunt you for the rest of your life. NOTE: Many people have claimed to have tried this and nothing has happened. If you go to this cemetery have some respect for the dead, as for one day you will be in the same place as these people.

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