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Bringing a Legend to Light

Henry John SteinerHave you ever wondered about the origins of the Headless Horseman?  And just what is the relationship between this Village dubbed Sleepy Hollow and the legendary story that shares its name?  Have you ever read the short story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” penned by the father of American letters, Washington Irving?

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What Happened to East View?

Eastview Trestle TarrytownDid you ever drive north or south on the Saw Mill River Parkway and see the sign for “Eastview,” and wonder where or what, is East View?  I would like to tell you a little bit about East View and what happened to it.

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Lyndhurst . . . The Duchess’s Gift

Anna GouldJay Gould was a leading railroad developer and speculator of the 19th century.  By 1880 he controlled 10,000 miles of railways in the United States.  His business methods were often considered ruthless, and he was accused of stock manipulation. In 1869, Gould and his friend, Jim Fisk, tried to corner the gold market in the United States. 

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Saint Patrick’s Day as a Symbol

St. PatrickSaint Patrick was Irish by “adoption.” Ireland’s patron saint was actually born and raised in Great Britain when it was still a province of the crumbling Roman Empire. Patrick was sixteen years old when he was carried off and enslaved by Irish raiders about the year 403 AD.

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Past Times ~100 Summers Ago

Sleepy Hollow's Eddie CollinsThe summer of 1912.  There was a lot to do – or not do.  What there was to do required no interaction with cell phones, smart phones, computers, Kindles, the Internet, televisions, or radios.  Even the first commercial radio station was still a good eight years off in 1912.  The music of the day was concert music, band music, and ragtime... and it could be heard live or from a phonograph record.  That's it.

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Sleepy Hollow Politics in the Gilded Age

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.As election time nears, my thoughts turn to politics and the role that money and influence plays in getting candidates elected. I was recently paging through the annual issue of Forbes Magazine's wealthiest Americans; it's a kind of Sports Illustrated "swimsuit edition" for those who prefer ogling wealth.  Toward the end, I came to those individuals whose wealth was a mere billion and actually found myself starting to feel sorry for them – until I remembered how many million make a billion.

In the late 19th century, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. redefined what it meant to be a wealthy American, but his low-key personal style helped to deceive many people about the true extent of his wealth – at least for a while.  He was on his way to becoming the richest man in the world after establishing Standard Oil's control of the oil business.  Oil refining was the Microsoft Windows of the late 19th century.

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