Steeped in History

Our congregation began in 1697 in the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." We worship there on summer Sundays.

A community of faith

We gather as friends to grow more deeply in faith, to educate our children in the Good News of a loving Savior, and to worship an Almighty God.

Come as you are

People from many different traditions have a spiritual home in the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. We come together before God and one another just as we are.

Worship Schedule

10:30 a.m. Sundays at 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591

Youth Program

Children experience God's love in learning and social activities.

Discipleship

We grow in faith through prayer, study, music and service.

Events Calendar

Check out events at the Clock Church and Old Dutch Church.

 

Destination Weddings

Plan your wedding or vows renewal at the charming, intimate Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow or the elegant. expansive Greek Revival Clock Church in Tarrytown. Read More

Welcome

We are glad to meet you here, but candidly, we'd much prefer to meet you in person. Consider this my invitation to join us on a Sunday morning when we worship at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock Church, 42 North Broadway,Tarrytown, N.Y.

You're  also welcome to just stop by the church office, where you can find me almost any morning.

The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano

The Church That Inspired the Legend

Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow It stands on a knoll, surrounded by locust-trees and lofty elms, from among which its descent, whitewashed walls shine modestly forth, like Christian purity, beaming through the shades of retirement.... To look upon this grassgrown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace.__The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

When Washington Irving set his ghost story about the Headless Horseman at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, he made the church world-famous. Ever since the publication of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1819-20, visitors have come to see where Ichabod Crane led the choir and courted Katrina Van Tassel among the old gravestones in the churchyard, and looked for the grave of the Headless Horseman in the Old Burying Ground.

The church was already old when Irving first saw it, when he was a teenager. It was built in 1685 and formally organized as Dutch Reformed in 1697. It served as the congregation's home for imore than 150 years, until a new building was constructed. Even then, it was retained for worship on summer Sundays and special holidays. This custom continues today.

1685 BellIf God is for us, who can ever be against us? __Romans 8:31

This inscription on the bell that hangs in the belfry of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow has been a comfort to the congregation through war and peace, personal joys and tragedies, since it was commissioned in Holland and installed in the belfry. Most historians date the church's construction to 1685, the year engraved on the bell.

The church is recognized as the oldest extant church in New York and a National Historic Landmark. The Old Dutch Burying Ground, which surrounds it on three acres, is believed to predate the church. Washington Irving is buried just up the hill, in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery adjacent.

Interior Old Dutch Church of Sleepy HollowDuring Holy Week and Easter, the Reformed Church holds Good Friday services and an Easter Sunrise service at the Old Dutch Church. Summer worship services at Old Dutch feature "Seven Sundays of Worship and Music," with guest musicians each Sunday morning during the season.

Other events at Old Dutch include Christmas Eve candlelight services, organ concerts and the Old Dutch Festival in the fall. Tours are scheduled on summer weekend afternoons. The Reformed Church partners with Historic Hudson Valley to present several dramatic readings of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in the fall, and Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol."

 An engaging history of the church is now available from Friends of Old Dutch. The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow: Legends and Lore of the Oldest Church in New York by Janie Couch Allen and Elinor Griffith may be purchased from The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, Proceeds go toward preservation and upkeep of the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground.

 

 

 

 

 

Plan Ahead for the Holidays

Dec. 1  Tree Lighting & the story of Sinterklaas, Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow
Dec. 3  1st Sunday of Advent & Brunch, Town Clock Church, 42 N Broadway, Tarrytown
Dec. 10  2nd Sunday in Advent musical offering at the worship service, Town Clock Church
Dec. 12  Christmas Dinner, Ammerman Hall
Dec. 13  "O Holy Night," 7:30 p.m. at Old Dutch Church
Dec. 17  Children's Christmas Pageant, Town Clock Church
Dec. 24  Worship services: 4 p.m. at Town Clock Church; 7, 9 & 11 p.m. at Old Dutch Church

"Getting Our Dutch On" at the Tarrytown Halloween Parade

Old Dutch Church Is Now Wheelchair Accessible

Pictured above is the new entrance to the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. The renovation work was completed this past spring. The church is now easily accessible via a wheelchair ramp. Also, a new stairway has replaced the former uneven steps. Coming soon: paved paths in the churchyard

An Overview

A unique video tour of the church and town, courtesy of Jeremy Goldsmith.

Reformed From What?

What can I expect when I attend a service? Do you still hold services at the Old Dutch Church? Why do you add an "s" to Tarrytown? Answers to your questions.

 

Photos: Janie Allen, Renee Chillemi, Lauren McBride, Nanette Malera, Rachael Gargano and Moira Gargano. Recording artist: Rufus Wainwright