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

A Brief History of Tarrytown, 1880

Published in 1880 to coincide with the centenary of the capture of Major André in September, 1780, this slight volume of just 24 pages, laid out a brief history of the village, focusing on the dramatic events of September 23rd. The volume came with a reproduction map ‘of Tarrytown as it was one hundred years ago’, notable for the spelling of the village as ‘Tarwe-town’, … Continue reading A Brief History of Tarrytown, 1880

The G. & D. Silver Shoe Factory, 1857

The G. & D. Silver Shoe Factory was a footwear manufacturing plant located in Tarrytown, New York. The G. & D. Silver Shoe Company was established in 1857 by brothers George and David Silver. Their primary office and warehouse was located at 18 Warren Street, New York, New York. In 1871 the company opened a factory on Washington Street, along side the Andre Brook, where they manufactured high quality footwear. When … Continue reading The G. & D. Silver Shoe Factory, 1857

Miniature Sleepy Hollow Village Ride, c.1900

This miniature train ride was an amusement at Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio. It featured a tiny church and Ichabod Crane school house. The park itself opened in 1895, modeled after Brooklyn’s Coney Island. It had seven wooden rollercoaster, sideshows, beer halls and even gambling along side this charming representation of Sleepy Hollow Village. The amusement park’s owners aimed to ‘present nothing that would demoralize … Continue reading Miniature Sleepy Hollow Village Ride, c.1900

The Katrina Van Tassel home

In 1896, the Village of Tarrytown tore down the old stone house belonging to the Elizabeth Van Tassel family that had inspired a scene in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Elizabeth was inspiration for Katrina Van Tassel in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A school went up in its place, overlooking the Village. First called the Washington Irving School until 1926 when a larger school … Continue reading The Katrina Van Tassel home