Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Washington Irving, Acclaimed Author, of Tarrytown, New York

Irving was a short story writer and the first to American author to earn acclaim in Europe. He lived at Sunnyside, Tarrytown, and is best perhaps remembered today as the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle". He wrote the Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Lindenwald while he was employed as the tutor to the children of Judge William P. Van Ness (1778-1826). In 1996, the village of North Tarrytown became known as Sleep Hollow in his honor.