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A LEGEND LIVES ON: ‘SLEEPY HOLLOW’ CELEBRATES 200 YEARS

By Ali Swenson For two centuries, Americans have told a familiar story. A lanky schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane visits a village, falls for the most beautiful girl in the land, and gets chased out of town by a headless horseman.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” And the story’s hometown is planning months of celebrations. That’s right, Sleepy Hollow is a real place. It’s 25 miles north of New York City. Ali Swenson traveled there and discovered that the legend has given the town more than just identity. It’s been key to the village’s economic survival.


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