When I Allie and I planned to go up to Sleepy Hollow, New York to investigate the town famously featured in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I knew that I would have to re-read the story. In spite of movies and tv specials, I am much more familiar with Irving’s other famous tale, Rip Van Winkle.
After reading this again, I can see why it didn’t leave much of an impression on me when I was younger. Scenery laden and heavily ironic, the most appealing feature to a young person would probably be the mysterious headless horseman briefly mentioned at a party attended by outwardly pleasant and inwardly cunning schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane. This time around it read to me as a cautionary tale against social climbing and insinuating yourself into a society where you do not belong. After pushing his suit with Katrina Van Tassell, daughter of the richest man in town, Ichabod mysteriously disappears after dejectedly leaving his host’s party.
If Irving is heavy into descriptions of the scenery, I was clearly able to see why after my trip with Allie to her hometowns of Bedford and Pound Ridge in Upstate New York. Winding roads filled with scenic views of horse farms, apple orchards and historic battle fields of the American Revolution are characteristic of the area. Shortly after landing Allie and I accompanied her father on a hike of a trail located steps away from the house.
After a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, Allie and I headed to the town of Sleepy Hollow to participate in a haunted walk that the town holds in honor of their place in the tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The walk featured scary haunted houses and headless horsemen on both a white and a black horse. Allie and I clung to each like frightened school girls almost the entire time, but afterwards agreed that we were never really scared. :-p
Allie had some further thoughts and observations on our trip. Make sure you stop by and check out what she has to say.
Allie and I really enjoyed our exploration of Harrowing Historicals. I am not sure what form it will take yet, but you will certainly see them popping up on both our blogs year round. We’ll be announcing our winners soon! Remember, a comment on any Harrowing Historical post enters you to win one of many prize packs. Good luck! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!