Washington Irving set “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in a small Dutch settlement called Tarry Town (now Tarrytown ), not far from New York City. The story takes place around the year 1790, not long after the end of the American War for Independence. Many believe the ghost was a soldier who was killed during the American Revolution. The climax of the tale takes place at a bridge near the “real life” place of the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is set near Tarrytown, New York, which is above New York City. It takes place near a widening point of the Hudson River.