Sleepy Hollow Landmarks

I recently got some airline vouchers after a scheduled flight was delayed. I decided to use these vouchers to fulfill a long-standing dream: visiting Sleepy Hollow, New York, the setting for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, one of my all-time favorite writings.

Unfortunately, Sleepy Hollow has changed a lot since Washington Irving wrote about it. But there are still some landmarks from Ichabod’s flight from the Headless Horseman, and I was able to track them down.

The first landmark is the old Van Tassel residence, where Ichabod’s flight started. According to those who know better than I, that residence was at this spot where a condominium now stands. The name of the condo probably reflects its history.

The next is the tree where Major Andre was taken. This tree is mentioned several times in the book and is very important in U.S. history as well. I don’t think the tree still stands, but these monuments to it do.

The road takes a curve down into the Hudson Valley and comes finally to the fabled bridge, church, and burial ground. The bridge no longer stands, though a plaque commemorates it and a replica stands not too far from where it would have been.

Look close and you can see the bridge back there.

The church is still there and still beautiful.

The burial ground, complete with Katrina Van Tassel’s gravestone and the unmarked grave of the Headless Horseman is there as well.

Though it sounds trite, this trip did change me forever. In case you doubt that, here’s the proof!

Seriously, my trip to Sleepy Hollow was not only a great time but a great way to further my enjoyment of the book and to kick off the Halloween season. If you’d like to see more of my trip, you can watch this video.

Sleepy Hollows

Last Halloween I told you about the many different versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that have been made. These adaptations of Washington Irving’s story, those, are not the only movies that involve the Headless Horseman or Sleepy Hollow. There are several others.

First, there is another animated version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This one is not as good as the Disney one, though it does contain some good allusions to the book.

And there is Curse of the Headless Horseman from 1974. It brings the Horseman into modern times (well, modern for the 70s). The entire movie can be found on YouTube, but you can watch trailer here.

The Hollow also brings the Horseman into modern times. I believe this was an ABC Family movie, and it is way teenie-bopper, but I still kind of like it.

In 2007, SyFy (or was it SciFi back then?) had another modern take on the Horseman simply called Headless Horseman.

Yet another modern “update” (?) is The Headless Pumpkin of Sleepy Hollow. If you think that title doesn’t make sense, don’t worry. The movie doesn’t either.

And there are several more that are set in Sleepy Hollow or touch on the Headless Horseman in some way, such as Sleepy Hollow High. So we’ve got a lot of Sleepy Hollows to cover this Halloween. Better get started!

Tim Curry as the Lord of Darkness in Legend

Tim Curry Terrorized My Childhood

Yes, I do have a terrible memory of having my ears pulls out and mocked by an older boy at a playground while I sat on a springy, metal-handlebar animal. But, my most terrifying childhood thoughts — which may have scarred me far worse — are carved by the hands of one Timothy James “Tim” Curry.

Tim Curry as the Lord of Darkness in Legend

My first memory of Mr. Curry’s work was, of course, probably his most scary turn ever as the Lord of Darkness himself in the film “Legend.” Not sure who thought it was a good idea to let a kid of my age watch this fiery red-skinned, barrel-chested, thick black-horned beast with a voice so deep (well…. it was hellish) that bellows forth from behind his fanged white teeth. You can be sure I wasn’t sleeping that night.

Tim Curry as Wadsworth in Clue

From the devilish Darkness, the next time I saw Tim Curry was in the movie “Clue.” Harmless enough as Wadsworth, but knowing he had played such a heinous character before, I was even more suspicious than those who always think “the butler did it.” And his eyes and mouth just drip with smarm. I may have been able to sleep, but it was with one eye open.

Tim Curry as Pennywise in Stephen King's It

For some time, I was then given a respite from this Cheshire, UK cat but, oh, did he come back swinging. Curry really turned the creep on as Pennywise the clown for “Stephen King’s IT.” I was never squeamish about clowns, but this probably pushed many right into coulrophobia. A teenager by this time, but the television miniseries still managed to freaked the heck out of me.

Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It was high school (good job keeping THIS one from me, mom) before I finally happened upon Curry’s perhaps most memorable evil turn as the sweet transvestite from Transylvania (the transsexual section, of course). “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” featured Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter all dressed in drag — I had seen Benny Hill so this was nothing new — but never saw someone take on the heels and thigh-high stockings with such ferocity and so menacingly. Thankfully, I had grown accustomed to his evil ways and was able to enjoy his performance and get a good night’s sleep too.

These actually make for a great Halloween movie lineup. And sure, Tim Curry was in a bunch of other creepy roles or spooky ones, but these were the ones that I keep tucked between those stick-out ears of mine — which I have grown into quite well, I should add.