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

Washington Irving’s Funeral

The funeral service for the writer who shaped much of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow’s identity was held at Christ Church, Tarrytown in December, 1859. The illustration appeared on the front page of Harper’s Weekly, December 17th. Irving died of a heart attack, aged 76, in his bedroom at Sunnyside. Legend has it his last words were, “Well, I must arrange my pillows for another night. … Continue reading Washington Irving’s Funeral