Tarrytown’s First Murder, 1779

It is said the first murder in Tarrytown happened when Nathaniel Underhill killed American patriot Isaac Martling, who happened to be the older brother of Abraham “Brom” Martling. Brom was said to have been the inspiration for the character “Brom Bones” in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Both brothers were soldiers in the American Revolution. In 1779, Isaac led a mob against the … Continue reading Tarrytown’s First Murder, 1779

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

The Tarrytown Daily News

Once, newspapers flourished in America. Across the country, from major cities to small towns, the written press was the primary source of news, both local and global. Almost every household took a newspaper, many becoming so popular, there were often evening as well as morning editions. In the pre-digital age, newspapers offered everything from sports news, entertainment listings and local business information to social gossip. … Continue reading The Tarrytown Daily News