Washington Irving was named for the first president; nearby Irvington was named for him.  Born in New York City, Irving gave America a great gift: its own literature with a legendary story truly grounded in American soil.  The famous Headless Horseman, a Hessian soldier who lost his head in the Revolutionary War, lies in The Old Dutch Cemetery a mile up the road from here.  Or does he?  No one knows for sure but Irving, the man himself, is buried there along with a few family members. 


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