Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is in Concord, MA.  Cool name, right? However the original Sleepy Hollow cemetery where the legend existed and Washington Irving rests is in New York. 

The one in Massachusetts is an attraction too with its Authors Ridge including Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. 
Louisa May Alcott
Henry David Thoreau
I should have brought some writing implements. Apparently that is how one pays respects to a famous deceased writer.
Nathaniel Hawthorne and family
My favorite stone was that of Emerson.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Next to his stone was his wife's with a gorgeous tulip relief.
The cemetery was a beautiful site that must be amazing in autumn when the foliage is at its peak!
The headstones are quite basic here but some have awesome weathering!
 Below certainly is being put on a pedestal! 

I would love to explore Concord more in the Fall. On the way to the cemetery I drove by the Little Women house! It was where Alcott lived, wrote and used for the setting of the novel. 

Homes of Thoreau and Emerson are also in Concord. However I'm not sure why Hawthorne rests here since he resided in the witch hysteria town of Salem, MA. That is also where the House of Seven Gables is. It is amazing to live in the same area my entire life and not have explored so many neat historical sites!

I hope you enjoyed this peak of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week ahead! ~Val


  1. Well, Sleepy Hollow cemetery and the rest of Concord is now on my "to see" list too, along with Walden Pond! I adored the book "Little Women" when I was a girl and Louisa May Alcott was a real role model for me of a strong, independent woman who earned her own way in the world. Plus I'm a big admirer of Emerson as well. Thanks for this post!

  2. What an amazing place. I love the cross in the last photo, and the tulips (maybe because I'm Dutch?). It might be a great idea to photograph te same stones at different times of the year. Hope you're having a great weekend so far!

  3. in my head, i imagine them all walking the cemetery at night, discussing literature, character ideas, story lines, poetry, commenting on the graves they pass by.
    what a beautiful, interesting place! glad you made it there and shared this with us :-)

  4. You really have some amazing sites in your area! I like the idea of leaving pens/pencils at the graves of the deceased writers!
    Have a great weekend :)

  5. some pretty neat 'author potions' must reside in that local water. :)

  6. I love those old cementeries! What a great sight! One can see and almost feel the peace and silence on your pictures.

  7. Very cool to have so many famous writers in one place! Love that last stone!

  8. When I lived in MA, I worked in Concord.
    It really is a quaint little town, with lots of things to discover.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Val!

  9. Wow, what a fantastic place to visit! Thanks for taking us along, dear Val :) Wishing you a wonderful week!

  10. great post dear
    Looks like a really nice vist,some of the stones are awesome

  11. What a very interesting cemetery! Great stones and photos Val :D

  12. As a part of russian cultural tradition I used to visited cemetery often as child! But it is a little different feelings here. Looks hunted to me but still artistry side really interesting!

  13. Hi Val,
    I love reading about you adventures. The cemetery is beautiful! Interesting to know that you bring pencils to writers grave sites instead of flowers. I also like the touch of using the black and white setting on your camera for some of the shots.

  14. Great photos!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  15. I had no idea you were supposed to bring writing instruments for an author! Not that I've come across any famous headstones, but I'll keep that in mind in case I do. Very interesting! :-)

  16. I love old cemeteries, they're so atmospheric:) I used to visit one in my home city to draw quite often. This one looks great, and has just an awesome name!

  17. Emerson's wife's tombstone with the tulips are absolutely gorgeous. I've read his works, so it's amazing to see where he's buried. Thanks for sharing Val.

  18. Hmmm, I think I would have preferred to have visited the Little Women house! Cemeteries make me sad. Interesting place though.

  19. This is a beautiful sight. However I would not walk the cemetery at night just for precaution!! I'd love to browse the little women house. Hope your week is going well!

  20. un post diferente, unas fotos muy creativas

  21. Val, so cool and so interesting!!!!


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