Haunted By The Headless Horseman Tale

October 18, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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It’s almost Halloween and the Headless Horseman story is making its rounds…do you know the tale?

The Headless Horseman is a fictional character from Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written in 1819. He is thought to be a Hessian whose head was decapitated by a cannonball in the battle of Chatterton Hill.

From Wikipedia:

“The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a figure on horseback, without a head. It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind. His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance… the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard,the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.”

Sounds freaky. Check out local Halloween events in your area to see the Headless Horseman in action!

Do you have any haunted stories or haunted areas in your hometown? TELL US!


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  1. Ooooh, there is a cliff in my hometown named after Washington Irving. He climbed it and was like “this is pretty rad.” So they named it after him. True story.

  2. Midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.


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