The Village of Tarrytown is located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan. The eastern landing of the Tappan Zee Bridge is situated in Tarrytown. The Village, with a population of 11,277 (2010 US Census) is a diverse community, with a vibrant downtown and a full range of businesses, restaurants and amenities to serve the needs of residents and non-residents alike.
The Village is proud of being named one of the “Prettiest Towns in America” by Forbes Magazine. The Forbes article noted Tarrytown’s "rich history, including being a throughway on the Underground Railroad, name-dropped by Washington Irving in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and, later, one of the preferred Upstate getaways for New York’s rich and powerful, is visible wherever you go in this Hudson River-side town."
The historic and picturesque villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are nestled on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of New York City. The two villages have been the site a Native American settlement, Frederick Philipse’s manor house, mill and church, the capture of the British spy Major John Andre by local patriots, part of the Westchester County Millionaires Colony, and several innovative automobile companies. After Washington Irving wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the area gained enduring fame and recognition all over the world.
The Sleepy Hollow Legend
While visiting relatives in Tarrytown as a child in the 1790s, Washington Irving learned to love the local community. Written in 1819, his short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, gave Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow world-wide recognition. In the Legend, Irving combined many of the folk tales he had heard over the years together with local traditions and many prominent family names. Katrina Van Tassel, the Old Dutch Church, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman are constant reminders of a historic and legendary past. After he purchased the old Van Tassel farm in Tarrytown, Irving continued to write, travel, and accept political appointments, including a three-year assignment as Ambassador to Spain. Despite his many travels, Washington Irving always considered our community his true home. He was very involved in village life and when he died in 1859, he was laid to rest in the Tarrytown Cemetery, now renamed the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
Coffee Lab Roasters is a small, independent coffee roaster and coffee house located in Tarrytown NY. They are highly committed to working with sustainable coffee sources. Through direct trade & visiting farms in coffee growing regions, they form lasting relationships that ensure a fair price and a high quality product. Coffee Labs Rosters is a certified 3 star green restaurant, and their coffee has won several awards, including America’s Best Espresso in 2013.
The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market – The TaSH – is a destination in Westchester County. Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, artisanal breads and baked goods, meats, poultry, fish, craft spirits, farmhouse cheeses – it’s all here. But that’s just where it starts. The TaSH is set in historic Patriots Park on NY State Route 9, straddling the scenic Hudson River villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Each Saturday, May through November, more than 30 vendor stalls hug a sun-dappled, grassy lawn, where the best area musicians entertain. Kids dance and play, friends and families socialize, and everyone eats! The TaSH is all the best of the Hudson Valley harvest embedded in the values of community and connection.
Patriot's Park: Exactly on the border between Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and next door to the Warner Library on Route 9, the park features a statue of John Paulding, commemorating the capture by Paulding and his fellow patriots, Isaac Van Wart and David Williams, of the British spy John André. André was seized while attempting to return to New York City with the plans for West Point, given to him by General Benedict Arnold.
Pierson Park: Pierson Park is a popular riverfront spot on West Main Street, with expansive views of the Tappan Zee. Good place for a picnic while watching the boat traffic on the river.
Old Croton Trailway State Historic Park: The trailway runs on the top of the Old Croton Aqueduct through Tarrytown, from the Old Dutch Church Burial Ground in Sleepy Hollow to Sleepy Hollow High School. Through the business section of Tarrytown, the trail continues south across Route 87 to cross the grounds of Lyndhurst and Sunnyside before reaching Irvington. It is owned and managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and offers a scenic walk from northern Westchester County to New York City. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct have published an award-winning map detailing the route of the trail and attractions along the way available, for $5.75 by calling 914-693-4117. For general trailway information, call 914-693-0529, www.aqueduct.org
Tarrytown Parks and Facilities
The Tarrytown Music Hall is the historic 843-seat Music Hall, built in 1885 by chocolate manufacturer William Wallace, is the oldest theater in Westchester County and one of 6% of theaters in the United States built before 1900.
Owned and operated by The Friends of the Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory, Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational, and cultural organization established in 1979 and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It has a two-fold mission: 1) to provide quality programs in the performing arts for the general public including performing opportunities for students and professional artists, and 2) to preserve and restore the Music Hall, the oldest theater in Westchester and a building listed on the National Register for Historic Places.
The Music Hall is one of the busiest theaters in the region, offering the best in music, theater, dance, and film, and is a cultural destination, attracting well over 85,000 people including 25,000 children on an annual basis from all over the tri-state area.
The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns stretch along the east bank of the Hudson River, serving students from the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. It is an ethnically and socio-economically diverse district located in southern Westchester County, approximately 20 miles north of New York City. There are three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
The mission of the Public Schools of Tarrytown is to empower students to make informed choices and assume responsibility for their own actions as they become self-directed, lifelong learners who are committed and able contributors to a sustainable local and global society. In partnership with their diverse community, they promote continuous growth through active engagement in a personalized learning environment characterized by high expectations and academic rigor in a climate of collaboration and mutual respect.
Tarrytown Union Free School District
Additional information for the village of Tarrytown, including public safety, government, and resources, can be found on their website.