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The Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane

Categories: History, Legend, NYS History, People

In the third episode of our series: Legends and Lore of the Empire State, A New York Minute In History explores the inspirations behind Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. What’s the story behind “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Washington Irving’s connection to a few places in the Hudson Valley? Where did he find his inspiration for the schoolhouse, the infamous bridge, and other locations mentioned in this ghost story? And who did Irving use as inspiration for his story’s main character, Ichabod Crane? Co-hosts Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts explore this mystery.