A Letter to Main Street…

To All The Storefronts on Main Street, Tarrytown, N.Y Greetings! My name is Dani Spencer and I run a website and social media page called TarryHollowTown. The site focuses on the history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow while also acting as a community events page for those who live in the area or are interested in visiting. This year we are building up an event … Continue reading A Letter to Main Street…

Pierson’s Greenhouse 1880s

Today it is the Chase bank on the corner of Broadway and McKeel, but once upon a time this building was an elaborate and beautiful Greenhouse belonging to a very prominent Tarrytown resident, Frank R. Pierson. Pierson was born in 1855 and rose to become a florist and businessman becoming one of the largest importers of bulbs in the United States during the 1880s. With … Continue reading Pierson’s Greenhouse 1880s

Unearthed Remnants of the Main Café

Recent renovations to the closed down laundromat on the corner of Main and John Streets unearthed a formerly hidden of relic of bygone Tarrytown social life. Workers on the new restaurant planned to occupy the former laundromat which closed several years ago discovered two beautiful signs above the window frames. One, a rusted blue and white enamel sign simply says Café, whilst the other was … Continue reading Unearthed Remnants of the Main Café

Peek-a-boo Apartment Raided, June 17, 1919

100 years ago today, the “Peek-a-Boo” apartments were raided by the plain clothes police chief of Tarrytown and a one “Mame Kaiser” was arrested and banished from Tarrytown for running the disorderly house by Justice Armstrong. Two of her girls were also arrested and released with the warning not to be seen unaccompanied on the streets of Tarrytown again after dark unless with a family … Continue reading Peek-a-boo Apartment Raided, June 17, 1919

Wolfert’s Roost, 1855

1855 edition of Wolfert’s Roost by Washington Irving generously donated by author Neil Cohen. Wolfert’s Roost tells the story of Irving’s home Sunnyside which began almost 200 years before he lived there with Wolfert Acker, a Dutch-American inhabitant of the region. His property, Wolfert’s Roost, was part of the Manor of Philipsburg. Among other buildings, Wolfert’s Roost contained a simple two-room stone tenant farmhouse, built around 1690, which … Continue reading Wolfert’s Roost, 1855

The Sunnyside Waltz, 1850

The charming, fairytale-looking cottage home of Washington Irving provided the inspiration for this waltz, composed in 1850. “Sunnyside Waltz” was written by Henry T. Oates and dedicated to a Miss Ella Ford of Augusta, Georgia. An original copy of the score sits on the rosewood piano found in Irving’s living room. “We are not musical”, reviewed the Southern Literary Messenger in 1850, “but that we … Continue reading The Sunnyside Waltz, 1850

Tarrytown Incorporation Centennial Medallion, 1970

Struck to commemorate the hundredth year anniversary of the official incorporation of the Village of Tarrytown in 1870. The medallion was made by the Medallic Art Company of New York, the oldest, largest private mint in America. The company has produced some of the world’s most prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer, Cooper & Peabody, as well as inaugural medals for eleven US Presidents. The … Continue reading Tarrytown Incorporation Centennial Medallion, 1970