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Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Explained

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Is it based on a true story?

The origin of this tale is covered in mystery and intrigue. Some believe it is based on a German folktale called “The wild huntsmen” while others think it's about a German soldier whose head was removed by a cannon ball.

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The Legend Explained

The New York Historical Society cites that there was a soldier who had his head removed via canon fire in 1776 — documented in a memoir of an American general fighting the Revolutionary War in TarryTown.

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The Legend Explained
(Headless Horseman)

It’s said that this tale was highly believed and many people in the small villages around, everyone knew about the Headless Horseman.

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The Legend Explained (TarryTown)

In 1996 the real life town of TarryTown officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Fully embracing the spooky life and becoming a part of the horror fiction tale that is the Headless Horseman.

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Ichabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod Crane accepted the position of school master in the village of Sleepy Hollow. It was an old Dutch settlement which strongly believed in ghost stories.

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Ichabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow (continued)

Alone at midnight, his imagination start to run wild as he passes a historical landmark called the hanging tree. It is believed he saw the Headless Horseman there who gave him chase.

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Ichabod Crane and Sleepy Hollow (end)

Ichabod crossed the church yard line which the horseman cannot cross. Believing he is in safety he looked behind him as the horseman threw his head at him. Only Ichabod's hat and a pumpkin were ever found.

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