Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow: Life, Customs, Myths and Legends


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4.7 X 0.6 X 6.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Edgar Mayhew Bacon was born a U.S. citizen in Nassau in 1855 and spent most of his life in the Tarrytown area. Before becoming a historian and writer, he worked in a bookstore in Albany. He was married in 1903 to Anna Beard. He was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Tarrytown, American Historians Association, and the National Geographic Society. He died in 1935 and is buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York.
Born in El Paso, Texas, but raised in Westchester County, New York, Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and daydreams. He toured the country in a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle, watered Henry Kissinger's office plants and regaled his rambunctious brothers with bedtime "boojzhak" tales. Jonathan made storytelling his full-time career in 1989. Every year, he performs for thousands of children at hundreds of schools, libraries and historic sites in the Hudson Valley and metropolitan New York. Kruk's performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for Historic Hudson Valley sell out each year. An Early Stages teaching artist, Kruk brings stories of colonial and Revolutionary times to New York City schoolchildren. His recordings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, The Rainbow Dragon, Barkface & Rootnose, Halloween Tales, Revolution on the River and Once Upon the Hudson have won Parent's Choice awards and NAPPA honors. He was selected in 2008 as Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution presented Kruk with the Citizenship Medal. Jonathan's Sleepy Hollow work has been featured on the Travel and History Channels. He's performed at Pete Seegers's Clearwater Festival, New York's Quadricentennial, the New-York Historical Society and for thirty Magic Tours in Tales of Elfin Lands at Pound Ridge Reservation. Jonathan lives in a cottage in the Hudson Highlands with his wife, actress and filmmaker Andrea Sadler. For more information, go to his website,


"Bacon chronicles with florid descriptions...and, above all, stories well told. His work shows Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow abound with tales of national significance."
- From the foreword by Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk, author of Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley

"The most authentic (of) historians of those parts...."
-Washington Irving

"Mr. Bacon is a thorough master of his subject, and writes with grace, vivacity and good judgment."
- The Era Magazine, review for Bacon's Narragansett Bay