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The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow: Legends and Lore of the Oldest Church in New York Perfect Paperback – October 9, 2011

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Friends of the Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground Inc.; First edition (October 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615522939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615522937
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This engaging, beautifully illustrated text is filled with lively narratives, original accounts from the church's beginnings, legends and information about New York's oldest church, which is still a place of worship. The book's creators have sifted through original documents, scanning accounts from long-ago...they have not only told the stories of those interred but have created a text with an appeal to many different age groups from eight to 88. --The Hudson Independent

It is an incredible accomplishment, and does a wonderful job of explaining all of the myths and legends (and truths) surrounding the church. I m especially impressed by the section detailing the history of the burying ground. --Patrick Raftery, author, The Cemeteries of Westchester County

The book on the Old Dutch Church is great fun, and I hope it will help achieve the goal of increasing public interest and enthusiasm for this wonderful old landmark. Well done. --Gray Williams, author, Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County

About the Author

Janie Couch Allen is a member of the Reformed Church of Tarrytown, which oversees the Old Dutch Church. When a new book was proposed for the 325th anniversary of Old Dutch, Allen, a former Reader's Digest editor, jumped at the chance. The Old Dutch is a place that easily takes hold in the imagination, she says, adding that the wonderful stories about its people and pastors were delightful to research and write. Allen also enjoys travel writing and photography. This is her first book.
Elinor Griffith, a former Reader's Digest editor, has driven along the Hudson River past the Old Dutch Church for years, never realizing it was the oldest church in the state. Writing about Old Dutch's 325-year history brought her in touch with original books in Dutch (including the church's 1715 record book) and fascinating documents concerning Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow and his time spent as a youth in the churchyard. Griffith also wrote First Thing Every Morning (Simple Truths, 2011), with motivational speaker Lewis Timberlake. When not writing and editing, she leads gourmet cooking trips to Paris, the South of France (Julia Child's home) and Italy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. GENTRY on June 30, 2013
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This really is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of Sleepy Hollow. I was expecting this to be a bit thin in regard to content (I purchased it primarily for the photography), but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book covers everything that you could possibly want to know about the Old Dutch Church, and in great detail. Better yet, it touches on the primary historical facts not only of the church, but of the entire community, as well, including Sleepy Hollow's origin, notable residents, and events of the Revolutionary War. The photography is good, and the book also features numerous old paintings and illustrations that show how the church appeared in its earlier years. Although a chapter is devoted to Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," there is not much in the book dealing with other folklore or ghost stories associated with the church or its burying ground - readers in search of that sort of thing will need to look elsewhere. Instead, the book addresses a variety of common myths or misimpressions about the church, and makes an effort to set the story straight in regard to those. All in all, I was very pleased with the book and am glad to add it to my growing library of Sleepy Hollow literature.
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I love Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown and I saw this book while visiting the actual church. Of course I then looked on Amazon and found an even better deal and I bought it. The book is loaded with interesting facts about the church and even about the area near the church. If you like history, especially early New York history, buy this book now. I also recommend a trip to the church for more perspective.
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