There are some legends that live on forever and none are more embedded into culture at this time of year than the Legend of Sleepy Hallow. This European folktale about a Headless Horseman and school teacher Ichabod Crane’s journey to win the heart of local beauty has found a home here, becoming one of the most popular stories of all time.
This story takes place in the town of Sleepy Hallow, New York. Ichabod relocated to this region and quickly learned about the ghost of a headless horsemen, a Hessian soldier who searches for the head he lost during battle in the Revolutionary war.
Ichabod, infatuated with Sleepy Hollow’s Katrina Van Tassel, quickly made it his mission to win her hand in marriage. However, wooing her was not as easy as it seems, because she had captured the attention of many men, including Brom, the village muscle man who scared off many of her suitors with his strength and boisterous pranks.
Legend has it that one night Ichabod rode away from Katrina’s home one night feeling despondent. After he passed a haunted tree he saw a figure behind him riding a horse. He did not see the rider’s head, so he grew afraid. It was rumored that the rider hurled his detached head at the school teacher. The next day Ichabod’s horse returned to the farm owner where Ichabod had been staying, but Ichabod was nowhere in sight. In fact, Ichabod was never seen or heard from again after that fateful night.
Some say the Headless Horseman chased Ichabod away. Others say it was the strong man who wanted Katrina all to himself. What do you think?
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