It's October 17th, and, today in the town of Sleepy Hollow, New York, at the historic home of writer Washington Irving, a storyteller will perform his famous "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" about the headless horseman.
If you're ever on the east coast and have time to go north of New York City along the Hudson River it's worth seeing this home and exploring the area that helped feed this story. There were Dutch that settled in the area in the 17th and 18th century, and they are mentioned in the story along with characters like Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Nearby is the town of Tarrytown which has history sites from the Revolutionary War.
"Legend of Sleepy Hollow" has humor embedded into the mysterious events, and it has the tone of the type of story that would be told around a campfire late at night.
From the Hudson River Valley National Heritage