Sunnyside was the home to the “Founding Father of Literature”, Washington Irving. Irving described his home as “capable of being made a little paradise” and lived here from 1835 until his death in 1859.
Irving was the writer behind The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, written in 1820 and adapted by Disney for the second half of the 1949 animated film, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Following Irving’s death, he was laid to rest in the burying ground, just a few miles away at Sleepy Hollow’s Old Dutch Church.
Irving’s house, nicknamed Sunnsyside, was the architectural inspiration for Sleepy Hollow Refreshments at the entrance to Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom. During Halloweentime, you can see Irving’s creation of the headless horseman as he gallops across the park to kick off the Boo-to-You Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Today, the real house is just a few miles from Sleepy Hollow, designated as a National Historic Landmark, and operated as a museum by Historic Hudson Valley.
Address: 3 W Sunnyside Ln, Irvington, NY 10533
Visitor Information: Historic Hudson Valley
3 W Sunnyside Ln, Irvington, NY 10533