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Washington Irving's Sunnyside: See Where the Legends  Began

Take a journey through time at the 19th century Riverside home of the famed author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving. Guides dressed from the times tell tales about Washington Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author. Stroll through the restored home to see what life was like back then. Look through his actual possessions, sit as his desk, and learn all about how his characters, from Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane to the mysterious Headless Horseman and the comic Rip Van Winkle, became icons in American culture. Explore the expansive landscape and gardens featuring stunning views of the Hudson River.
Sunnyside is now a property of the non-profit Historic Hudson Valley. Seasonal events go on year round, ranging from spooky Halloween Legends to story time. Stay close to this and other popular Tarrytown attractions by booking online at the Tarrytown House Estate. View our rooms and low available rates.


Prices -

  • Adult: $12
  • Members & Children under 3: FREE
  • Child(3-17): $6
  • Senior (65+): $10

Hours -

Open for tours May - November
Wednesday - Sunday, plus Memorial Day, July 3 & 4, Labor Day, & Columbus Day.
Tours run every 30 minutes beginning at 10:30 am


  • Sunnyside: The Home of the 'Legend'
  • StoryStage
  • Home of the Legend


  • Tours
  • Sightseeing
  • Views of Hudson River
  • Picnics


What is the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

Wahington Irving’s short story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, tells the spooky tale about a man who had died many years ago during the American Revolutionary War by having his head shot off. Every night he rises from his burial place, jumps on his horse and rides through the valley looking for his lost head.

where is washington irving's grave?

Paying homage to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, adjacent to the Old Dutch Church which is the very place the headless horseman character was buried in his tale. Washington Irving is laid to rest in the southern end of the cemetery in a plot overlooking the old church and its burying ground.
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