Author of 'Sleepy Hollow' Washington Irving's Home, Sunnyside, historically preserved.
Irvington, Town of Greenburgh NY
The Village of Irvington, in which the hamlet of Ardsley-on-Hudson is located, encompasses approximately 2.82 square miles and is located along the lower western edge of Westchester County, bordering the Hudson River about 12 miles North of New York City. The Village is part of the Town of Greenburgh and is adjacent to the Villages of Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, and Elmsford. The population of the village was 6,631 according to the 2000 U.S. census.
The Village is traversed by New York State Route 9, Interstate 87, and the Saw Mill River Parkway. In addition, commuters are served by Metro-North Railroad which provides access to New York City via the Hudson Line within 25 minutes.
The Village is a suburban community and primarily residential in nature with a large number of residents working in New York City. It is characterized by its tranquil atmosphere, numerous green spaces, and an absence of commercial strip development. It contains an impressive vista of homes, lawns and parks, the Croton Aqueduct, and many natural scenic resources. It also includes an attractive central business district in full view of the Hudson River.
The Village of Irvington was incorporated April 16, 1872. The territory of the village was part of the Bissightick track of the Van der Donck grant purchased by Frederick Phillipse in 1682. In 1817, Justice Dearman bought half of William Dutcher's farm and lived there until 1848 when it was sold to Gustavo F. Sanchi. In the same year, it was sold to John Jay, grandson of Justice John Jay, who arranged for it to be laid out in lots as the Village of Dearman. The lots were sold at public auction in New York City in 1850; the village of "Dearman" was formed. In 1854, "Dearman," by popular vote, changed its name to "Irvington," honoring its beloved citizen, Washington Irvington, author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
and "Rip Van Winkle."
Works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who also lived here, can be seen in the town hall, library and the Irvington Presbyterian Church.
American author Washington Irving's residence, Sunnyside, still exists there today, preserved as a museum. Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown) is the nearby village after which Irving wrote his most famous work, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Today, Irvington is home to several important businesses, companies, and institutions and people including: