On the eastern shore of this sea, in the midst of a beautiful
landscape, is Van Tassel House, the favorite residence of
Washington Irving. About one mile north of this is a village
named in honour of our distinguished countryman.
There is a Dutch Reformed Church at this village, one hundred and sixty-two years old, and a graveyard much older. Immediately north of Tarrytown is the Sleepy Hollow, made for ever famous by Irving's legend. His hero, the Yankee pedagogue, Ichabod Crane, led the choir in the old church above mentioned ; and back of it was the dreadful ravine where he encountered the Headless Horseman.