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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Washington Irving made famous the name “Sleepy Hollow
Cemetery,” after he wrote about the frightening, headless
horseman and poor Ichabod Crane’s flee for his life through the
haunted cemetery.  However, Irving’s story was written about
another graveyard in New York that was later changed to the
name “Sleepy Hollow,” upon the author’s request before his death.
In contrast, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord,
Massachusetts contains 10,000 gravesites and is thus quite
large.  It is a beautiful, old, tree covered plot of land which can
only inspire the thoughts of literary history by day, and ghosts
and spirits by night.  

A hilly crest in the cemetery is known as “Author’s Ridge,” for
famous authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo
Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa May Alcott are all
buried here with their families.  Old marking stones of various
sizes with names and carvings are quaint, but also quite
spooky, as they jut upwards in different shapes and shades of
gray throughout the green lawns.  The winding, narrow roads
through the cemetery make it an enjoyable historic and beautiful place to visit while in Concord…
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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Emerson Grave
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