- Historic Sites
Washington Irving's Sunnyside
Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” lived in the early 19th-century stone colonial Dutch cottage from 1835 until his death in 1859. The riverfront home contains a large collection of the author’s possessions, including his writing desk and book collection. Guides in Victorian dress provide 45-minute tours of the dining room, study, kitchen, bedrooms, and the 10-acres of pastoral grounds that blossom with wildflowers in the spring. At Sunnyside, visitors can learn about Washington Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered now for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. Beginning in 1835, he expanded a small cottage in stages, combining his sentimental interests in the architecture of colonial New York and buildings he knew in Scotland and Spain. Since Sunnyside and many of its furnishings remained in the family, a visit here is one of the most authentic experiences of mid-19th century life anywhere in the country.