18 October, 2021

The Fictional Places We’d Love to Call Home

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving

For many years my family and I would spend a few weeks each summer vacationing on Cape Cod. We would hit 95 early in the morning and travel north from Virginia, stopping for the night just outside of New Haven and then proceeding on to the Cape the next day.

The trip would take us over the Tappan Zee Bridge toward Tarrytown, New York, which is very close to Sleepy Hollow. I can’t think of a more perfect place to live than in the setting for Washington Irving’s classic American story about the headless horseman. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the town’s name conjures up images of Ichabod Crane and Rip Van Winkle. I’d be quite content to sit in my den on a cold autumn night, cup of coffee in hand listening to the far-off hoof beats of the Hessian soldier who lost his head to a stray cannonball.

~Lisa Riley Emig

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