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n enchanted region whose history fades back into the mists of time. It's a history of settlement stretching back to the Tappan tribe standing on the shores peering at Hudson as he sailed north, of Dutch settlements along the zee, (sea), the Tappan Zee, of mighty barons of commerce and noted characters making it their home. It's a place of mystery and legend, a place where you can hear astonishing tales of ghosts and goblins, of haunted fields and brooks and bridges...

Starting in the south at Yonkers and including all of the historic rivertowns along the east bank of the Tappan Zee up to Peekskill, the Sleepy Hollow District is rich in history, culture and lore. Historic sites, museums and galleries abound throughout the region.

The Hudson River, one of America's first major thoroughfares, drew early settlers and commerce to its shores. Today, the villages and towns nestled on the banks of the river bespeak an age gone by, when communities were small and Main Street meant America's home. You can discover the charms of Main Street life when you visit the sleepy Hollow District.

Strolling the Main Streets is always an adventure with a river view. You'll find wonderful restaurants, charming boutiques and stores, antique shops and art galleries. Linger awhile in fine hotels, visit historic sites, museums and performing arts centers. Listen for the echoes of steamboat whistles or the hooves of the Headless Horseman racing by.

The majestic Hudson River links these 13 communities, giving a common heritage and appreciation for the river. The region is also linked by the Hudson Line, the railroad built in the 1830s with a station stop in each town, and by the Old Croton Aqueduct, designed to bring water to the residents of New York City. Built in the same era as the railroad, the aqueduct was the engineering marvel of its day. Now a superb walking trail, the aqueduct will lead you from village to village, or all the way from Yonkers to the mighty Croton Dam.

The past is present here, blessed as it is with one of the greatest concentrations of history museums and historic sites in the Northeast. The Dutch came to the area first, clearing fields for farms, building mills, barns, churches and pathways through the woods. Then came the English, followed closely by George Washington's troops and the establishment of a new nation.

Writers, such as Washington Irving, artists such as Jasper Cropsey, and industrialists such as Jay Gould and John D. Rockefeller, were drawn to the bucolic life in these towns, creating great estates that remain for visitors to explore today. Country pleasures are yours to enjoy in every season. Visit the many scenic parks for riverside walks, mountaintop vistas, quiet streams or festive outdoor events. Horseback riding, sailing, hiking, biking, tennis, golf and picnicking can all be part of your visit.

For those who crave the arts, three performing arts centers offer changing shows to delight the eye and stimulate the mind. A special treat awaits you in downtown Peekskill, where the public is invited to tour the loft studios of working artists.

Of course, the wonders of the mighty Hudson River never come into sharper focus than when you cruise its length and enjoy its timeless beauty. While you are here, take one of the many river cruises. Only then will you truly understand why residents of this region agree with Washington Irving, who once wrote, "Thank God I was born on the banks of the Hudson!"

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