Road Trippin': Sleepy Hollow
SLEEPY HOLLOW -- Every summer CBS 6 takes you Road Trippin'. It's a series featuring some unique getaways, not far from the Capital Region. CBS 6 Morning Anchor Melissa Lee kicks off this season with a trip to Sleepy Hollow.
In Westchester County, about 30 miles north of New York City sits a village known to many because of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. However, there's nothing "sleepy" about the town home to about 10,000 people.
Village Administrator, Anthony Giaccio said "Everything comes alive."
The well-known short story about a headless horseman is written by Washington Irving. The area is home to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and the Old Dutch Church. Some say it's one of the most haunted places in the world.
"The feel does get a lot spookier around here, I just feel a lot more energy," said Giaccio.
The fall foliage and scary stories can be seen and heard at every corner of the village during its peak season, but visitors are welcome year round.
Giaccio added, "They can drive through the cemetery and see all the unique people who have been buried here."
The cemetery is just a short drive south of Lyndhurst.
The mansion sits on 67 acres with a backdrop of the Hudson River. Although beautiful, there is something quite unusual and eerie about the 19th century home.
Lyndhurst Executive Director Howard Zar said, "It's about 10,000 square feet, but it's what's inside that's really impressive."
"We have all of Jay Gould's French and European paintings that still remain in the house, we have some of the most important furniture of the 19th century Alexander Jackson Davis and we have some of the earliest domestic Tiffany windows," added Zar.
Dark Shadows fans may even recognize the observation tower that goes up five stories. The cemetery and mansion made for a perfect setting when the film was shot in the 1970s. It's where visitors will find the dark side of history in a haunted Hudson Valley.
The observation tower will open for the first time in July. Lyndhurst gets about 75,000 visitors every year.