Sitting on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, nestled among rolling hills and lush greenery sits the village of Tarrytown. It’s just a short 25 mile jaunt from New York City. It has becoming a popular tourist destination for its charming art galleries, antique shops, bed and breakfasts, and of courses, its rich history.
Settled by the Dutch in 1645 and named it “Tarwe” meaning “wheat”. Tarwe town eventually came to be pronounced Tarrytown.
In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, Major John Andre was arrested as a spy in Tarrytown in what came to be a well known incident. Andre was an officer in the British army who was traveling through the village when he was stopped by local militiamen and searched.
They discovered plans given to him by Benedict Arnold for the fortification of West Point hidden in his boot. He was arrested, convicted as a spy, and eventually hanged.
Tarrytown’s most famous resident is perhaps Washington Irving, author of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. Tarrytown’s high school is now called Sleepy Hallow High School and their mascot is the Horsemen as an homage to Irving’s spooky tale.
Irving was the first American author to be so widely praised and accepted by his European contemporaries and the first American author to make a living solely off of his writing. Today his former residence is a popular tourist destination.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, Tarrytown became of a favorite getaway for many wealthy New Yorkers, such as John D. Rockefeller who purchased a property in Tarrytown in 1893. His elaborate mansion, Kykuit, became the site of several labor protests, and eventually the target of multiple bombings.
Tarrytown offers charm, beauty, great shopping, and great history. With its proximity to the city and ease of travel it makes the perfect day trip or weekend getaway.