Halloween is coming up soon. This week at WorldVitalRecords.com we are featuring The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow as our Halloween database. Click here to access this database. The Old Dutch Burying Ground is adjacent from the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York. The ground contains approximately 1,700 tombstones from the mid 18th century to the late 19th Century. Many of these stones have crumbled and the writing on many is not legible. The oldest legible stone is that of Mary Stone, No. 138.
On the Northern side of the burial ground lies the remains of Washington Irving, author of the “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” It is said of his burial location, “Marked by no tawdry memorial of elaborate sculpture, a simple marble slab indicates the grave; a slab ingeniously fashioned, with rounded corners and edges designed to foil souvenir collectors who have carried off piecemeal two earlier stones.”