Why is the village called Sleepy Hollow in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

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The location of the place, its ambience and the character of its inhabitants are the reasons why the place is known as SLEEPY HOLLOW.

1. The location: It is an isolated "glen" situated two miles away from Tarry Town. "It is one of the quietest places in the whole world."

2. The ambience: A small brook which murmurs along through the land seems to lull every one to sleep and "a drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the  land and pervade the very atmosphere." Rumour has it that the place is bewitched and is  under the spell of either a high German doctor  or an Indian Chief, "Certain it is,the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie."

3. The "peculiar character" of the people: The isolation of the place and its charmed and sleepy atmosphere have rendered its inhabitants dull and lethargic, so much so they are known as the "Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the neighbouring country."