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Sleepy Hollow

Listed under Literary Locations in New York, United States.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Sleepy Hollow is a real place. And the characters in Washington Irving's story are based on real people, as is the phantom Hessan soldier, or rather he's based on reported sightings, and documentation that a Hessan soldier was nursed and died here. The famous bridge has been rebuilt several times (in the same style), but in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are the graves of all those potentially involved in the story, and a map to an unmarked grave where the bones of the Hessan soldier are supposed to lie.

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Thanks for this post. little boy has always been asking me and i have been wondering if this were true or just a legend.

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It comes from stories told by German immigrants in the area, and has been handed down and fine tuned until it got to Washington Irving.

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