7 Interesting Facts You Should Know Before Visiting The Sleepy Hollow

Scary stories are usually intriguing. It gets even better when the story has a real-life setting which seems to be inviting for people with the curious minds to visit and have an actual experience.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which was written in 1820 by Washington Irving, is a popular scary story that has a real-life setting.

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What Is “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”?

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To find out how much of the legend is true and how much is just made up, there’s only one best thing to do – visit the Sleepy Hollow town itself.

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About “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

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First, let us recount how the scary story goes.

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The story tells about a schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane who came from Connecticut and moved to Sleepy Hollow. He fell in love with Katrina Van Tassel and courted her.

But Katrina had another avid suitor, Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt.

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Ichabod was heartbroken the night when Katrina rejected him at a party. He got on his horse and rode all through Sleepy Hollow. But alas, he came across the Headless Horseman. Nobody knows for sure about Ichabod’s fate after he disappeared that night he encountered the Headless Horseman disguised as Brom Bones.

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7 Surprising Things About Sleepy Hollow You Have to Know

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1. The Town Did Not Really Exist Up Until the Year 1996.

2. The Main Attraction for the Visitors of Sleepy Hollow is a Massive Cemetery.

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3. You Can Go on a Walking Tour on Sleepy Hollow’s Cemetery.

4. The Popular Headless Horseman Has Always Been Part of Sleepy Hollow’s History.

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5. The Town Is Just Less Than an Hour Away from the North of New York.

6. Living in Sleepy Hollow is Pretty Expensive.

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7. The Town Loves Its Spooky Tale.

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Overall, the town is simply amazing. It’s such a gorgeous town to visit, most especially during the Halloween in October.