Yes, I realize Halloween was almost two months ago, just hear me out!
The weekend before last, we planned to visit my friend, Beth, who lives in Jersey City. While visiting, we all head out to NYC to look at the store windows and just get in the Christmas mood. This year, while up in that area, Ted surprised me with a visit to The Sleepy Hollow Cemetary.
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "A Christmas Carol" are my two favorite stories. If Ted was willing to bring me to New York for Sleepy Hollow, think he'll take me to England for Scrooge?!
It was the biggest, most beautiful cemetary I've ever seen.
Hills, trees, streams, old walkways and paths, and endless hidden nooks scattered throughout the cemetary.
Once, while visiting a Revolutionary time-period cemetary in Vermont, we met a young woman who studied old cemetaries and traveled searching for them. She told us that headstones originally were made to look like bedposts to resemble a person sleeping. And the person's hands were folded as if he was saying his nightly prayers.
Antique mausoleums dotted the grounds too. By now, most of the copper doors had turned to a green patina. There were also old cave-like dwellings with these cage doors protecting anyone from getting in......or were they trying to keep those from getting out??
I was surprised by some of the famous names who now use this cemetary as their eternal resting space.
The man who brought us here!
Meet the "Strange" family.
John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie are just two more "Big Wigs" buried here. This is Carnegie's gravesite. Rockefeller, no surprise, is farther up the hill in a mausoluem the size of a house.
A "mock" bridge created to help people picture poor Ichabod trying to get across to save himself from the Headless Horseman.
And in the center of town - this amazing piece of art.
While walking through this amazing cemetary, you could almost feel Washington Irving walking along side you, filled with inspiration and ideas for what would become an American Classic.