🎃 OCTOBER 16TH 🎃
I forgot to add #SleepyHollow
to my list of favourite #Halloween
movies! This is a place I definitely want to visit one day.
SLEEPY HOLLOW is a town ~25 miles north of NYC, with a population of ~10,000. It takes up only two square miles and in 1609 was home to Native American tribes, prior to the settlement of #NewNetherlands
in 1640. It is known via “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (published 1820), a short story written by #WashingtonIrving
, who lived just south in #Tarrytown
, and who was laid to rest in #SleepyHollowCemetery
. This town is considered very haunted.
was written while Irving toured Europe, where tales of #headlesshorsemen
were commonplace. The fictional account takes place in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement, with the infamous spectre of the Headless Horseman, a #Hessian
soldier (German auxiliary to the British troops during the American Revolutionary War) who lost his head to a cannonball, and who “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head”. The story follows #IchabodCrane
, a visiting, superstitious schoolmaster, and Brom Bones, a local, who compete for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel. In the end Brom wins, likely through trickery, dressing up as the Headless Horseman and scaring Ichabod away.
It is thought that perhaps the legend was based loosely on such a headless corpse found in Sleepy Hollow after a violent skirmish among raiders and militia during the war. In traditional folklore, the Hessian horseman was #decapitated
by an American cannonball, and the shattered remains of his head were left on the battlefield, while his comrades carried his body away in haste. Eventually they buried him in the graveyard of the #OldDutchChurch
of Sleepy Hollow, from which he rises every Halloween as a malevolent #ghost
in search of his head. Others say the Hessian had saved a local boy from a fire, so he was honoured with burial in the Old Dutch Churchyard.
But the question remains- does a headless horseman haunt Sleepy Hollow?
#October #Autumn #PhotoADayChallenge #TimBurton #JohnnyDepp #ChristinaRicci #ChristopherWalken #Dumbledore