Q. What plantings are permitted at the cemetery?
A. Contact the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery office at 914-631-0081 for information on what may be planted in your lot. Only a lot’s owner may arrange for plantings or other memorials.
Q. How do I find information about family lots or trace genealogy?
A. Contact the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery office during office hours with inquiries on family lots or interment information on specific individuals. Inquiries regarding interments at the Old Dutch Burying Ground should be directed to The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, 914-631-4497. If you seek more detailed information for your family history, see our list of government agencies and non-government organizations.
Q. Where can I find a map of the cemetery?
A. You have two options. We offer free legal-sized, black-and white maps of our 90 acres—perfect for a short, self-guided tour to 8 major figures in the cemetery. Pick up a copy at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery office during business hours. On weekends and holidays find free maps in literature boxes outside the cemetery office and at the cemetery’s south gate adjacent to the Old Dutch Church. For a more detailed experience, purchase our enhanced map at the cemetery office, over the Internet from Sleepy Hollow Gifts, or at the Philipsburg Manor museum shop across the street from the cemetery’s south gate.
Q. Is stone rubbing permitted in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery or the Old Dutch Burying Ground?
A. No, rubbing is not permitted in either location. Many of the oldest stones have fragile surfaces that are easily damaged by rubbing.
Q. May I take photographs?
A. Certainly. We ask only that you be respectful of funerals and those who are visiting loved-ones. Photography for publication or commercial use must be arranged in advance with cemetery superintendent Andrew Cupak, 914-631-0081.
Q. It looks like a walking trail and park border the cemetery. What are they and can I visit them?
A. Across the Pocantico River from the southern end of the cemetery is the village of Sleepy Hollow’s Douglas Park. North and east are two New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation properties: Rockefeller State Park Preserve and the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. Maps of the Rockefeller Preserve are available on-line and at the park visitors center on Route 117. Maps of the aqueduct are available from Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and at local stores. If you park a vehicle within the cemetery grounds, keep in mind that our gates are closed and locked at 4:30 p.m.
Q. Can you suggest nearby cemeteries to visit?
A. Our own local favorites are below. We also recommend Permanently New Yorkers by Patricia Brooks, the best guide we know to burials of the famous and infamous in New York state.
- Sparta Cemetery. Located on Route 9 in Scarborough, across the highway from and just north of the Scarborough Presbyterian Church. Burial site of numerous veterans of the American Revolution, and of an itinerant peddlar known as The Leather Man. Owned by Ossining Historical Society, 914-941-0001. Guide book available for purchase at the society’s office or online.
- Dale Cemetery. 104 Havell Street, Ossining, NY, 914-941-1155. Burial place of Samuel Youngs, a schoolteacher and lawyer who may have been a model for the character Ichabod Crane in Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Guide book available for purchase at Dale’s office.
- Kensico Cemetery. 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, NY, 1-888-KENSICO. Sergei Rachmaninoff, Danny Kaye, Ayn Rand, Lou Gehrig. Map to famous burials available at Kensico’s office.
- Mt. Hope Cemetery. Jackson Avenue and Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 914-478-1855. Has one of the largest concentrations of Confederate burials north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
- Gate of Heaven. 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, NY, 914-769-3672. Baseball player Babe Ruth and mobster Dutch Schulz are buried here. Map to famous burials available at Gate of Heaven’s office.
- Ferncliff Cemetery. 280-284 Secor Road, Hartsdale, NY, 914-693-4700. Celebrities here include Joan Crawford, James Baldwin, Judy Garland, Malcom X and Betty Shabazz, Thelonis Monk, Jam Master Jay, Basil Rathbone, Paul Robeson, and Ed Sullivan.
- Further afield are Woodlawn in the Bronx and Green-Wood in Brooklyn.