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  • Frederick Farrington (1869 - 1932)
  • Philip Eric Zegarelli, Sr.
    Bachelor, Columbia University, 1970; Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, 1976. Territory assistant Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, New York City, 1981—1982, assistant secretary,...
  • Kenneth Glenn "Ken" Wray
    Kenneth Glenn "Ken" Wray (born February 22, 1955) is the Village Mayor of Sleepy Hollow, New York.
  • Adam Savage
    Adam Whitney Savage (born July 15, 1967) is an American industrial design and special effects designer and fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality, best-known as the co-host of the Disc...
  • Elsie Janis (1889 - 1956)
    Elsie Janis (March 16, 1889 – February 26, 1956) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and screenwriter. Entertaining the troops during World War I immortalized her as "the sweetheart of the A...

Sleepy Hollow, previously known as North Tarrytown, is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, about 30 miles (48 km) north of midtown Manhattan in New York City.


Significant events

  • 1609 – Henry Hudson claims the Hudson River Valley for Holland
  • 1655Adriaen Van der Donck publishes Description of New Netherland
    Van der Donck publishes Beschryvinge van Nieuw-Nederlant (Description of New Netherland), his life's work detailing colonial New Netherland.
  • 1664British conquest of New Netherland
    British seize the colony of New Netherlands and rename it New York.
  • 1680Pocantico Purchase
    Gaining influence with early English governors of New York. Dutchman Frederick Philipse purchases large tracts of land from tribes along the east side of the Hudson including the Pocantico Purchase, which covered virtually all of present-day Sleepy Hollow.
  • 1693Construction of Philipse Manor
    Frederick Philipse builds Philipse Manor at the confluence of the Pocantico and Hudson Rivers, creating it as a provisioning plantation for the Atlantic sea trade and as headquarters for a worldwide shipping operation.
  • 1697Construction of the Dutch Reformed Church
    Frederick Philipse builds the Dutch Reformed Church at the the site of an existing cemetery.
  • 1702Death of Frederick Philipse, leaving the Upper Mills to his son Adolph Philipse.
  • abt. 1712 – Construction of Van Tassel house and tavern
    The house is later to be used in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as the home of character Katrina Van Tassel.
  • September 23, 1780 – Major John Andre is captured by three local militiamen, at what is today Patriot's Park. In his boot were the stolen plans of West Point Andre was carrying to the British for traitor Benedict Arnold.
  • 1783Philipse family flee to England
    At the end of the American Revolutionary War the Philipse family flee to England and many local farmers purchase their tenant farms.
  • 1779 – Gerard Beekman purchases Philipseburgh
    Land speculator Gerard Beekman purchases the Upper Mills of Philipseburgh.

Name timeline

  • 1680-1683: Philipseburgh (Philipsburg, Philipseburg, Philipsburgh), New York
  • 1683-1776: Philipseburgh (Philipsburg, Philipseburg, Philipsburgh), Westchester, New York
  • 1776-1779: Philipseburgh (Philipsburg, Philipseburg, Philipsburgh), Westchester, New York, United States
  • 1779-1874: Beekmantown (Beekman Town), Westchester, New York, United States
  • 1874-1996: North Tarrytown (North Tarry Town), Westchester, New York, United States
  • 1996-present: Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York, United States

Places of interest

Standing Manor House Reformed Church Hollow Cemetery Light's Park Theatre Drug Store

Demolished Tarrytown Assembly Institute Shoe Factory

Notable people

Mayors and Village Presidents of Sleepy Hollow

  • 1870-1872: Jacob Odell
  • 1905 – 1907: John Wirth (Citizens')
     butcher of Swiss descent
  • 1927 – 1929: Harry B. Decker (Citizens')
     clerk for the New York City Railroad.
  • 1929 – 1932: Frederick W. Gross (Prosperity)
  • 1933 – 1934: John Carney
  • 1937 – 1938: Edward A. Martin
  • 1947: H. Tilden Swan
  • 1949: Edward T Gorman (Dem)
  • 1950 – 1957: Gabriel P. Hayes (Dem)
  • 1957 – 1961: Gabriel P. Hayes (Dem & Civic)
  • 1963 – 1965: Joseph J. Galgano
  • 1965: Joseph J. Galgano (Rep & Citizens')
  • 1973 – 1977: James F. Galgano
  • 1979 – 1987: Phillip E. Zegarelli
     banking executive of Italian descent
  • 1990 – 1992: Frank J. Rey
     Spanish American insurance broker
  • 1993 – 1996: Sean Treacy
  • 1999 – 2009: Phillip E. Zegarelli
     banking executive of Italian descent
  • 2011 – present: Ken Wray (Unite Sleepy Hollow)
     nonprofit executive of Czech, German, English and Irish descent
  • William McBride

Notable residents Elsie Janis (1889 – 1956)
 American singer, songwriter, actress, and screenwriter, known for entertaining the troops during World War I as "the sweetheart of the AEF".  Frederick Philipse (1626 – 1702)
 Dutch iron merchant and Lord of Philipse Manor. Adam Savage (born 1967)
 American industrial design and special effects designer and fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality, best-known as the co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.

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