From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by name of Sleepy Hollow … A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.
— Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
We started the day 45-minutes up the Hudson, in the actual Sleepy Hollow.
But, looking down on the village, is Kykuit, summer home to 4 generations of Rockefellers. That’s a different thing altogether.
Clearly, being an oil monopolist was good for John D Rockefeller and his descendants. But, to be fair, he did gave away hundreds of millions of dollars for medical research and to found schools and hospitals.
Still, JDR had enough left over to buy himself this nice view, even on hazy September days.