Sinterklaas and the toymaker

The Old Dutch Church welcomes children to special Christmas events with a Dutch flavor.

Since 1697

Infants are baptized at Old Dutch today, just as they have been for well over 300 years.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving made the Burying Ground the haunt of the Headless Horseman in his well-known story.

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow: Legends & Lore of the Oldest Church in New York

Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow: Legends & Lore of the Oldest Church in New YorkThis entertaining book brings you the stories behind the historic Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., made famous around the world by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."  Discover the haunt of the Headless Horseman, and read the true tales of the church, the oldest in New York, and its members. More than 150 color photos, artworks and maps illustrate the text. Among the highlights: Frederick Philipse, the richest man in New York, who built the church in 1685 but wasn't altogether saintly; the superstitious Dutch colonists who inspired a young Washington Irving; local Revolutionary War heroes buried in the churchyard, including the "hero with the goose gun; the real Catrina Van Tassel and others behind the "Legend" characters; the remarkable pastors who graced the pedestal pulpit; General George Washington's visit during the Revolution; the folk-art headstones in the old Burying Ground; and the church's colonial treasures.

137 pages. Soft cover. 8.5x11. Price: $25 softcover, or $45 hardcover. Price includes shipping/handling.

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Kent Tritle Plays the Noack Tracker Organ at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow

Kent Tritle Plays the Noack Tracker Organ at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow

This CD features a concert by organ virtuoso and choral conductor Kent Tritle on the magnificent Noack tracker pipe organ at the Old Dutch Church. The CD features compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born the same year the church was constructed (1685), and three other composers who influenced  Bach's Baroque style. Click here to read the New York Times review of Mr. Tritle's concert at St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. 

 

 

Unique Views of Old Dutch

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow & Burying Ground, courtesy of Nathan Gargano. 

WORSHIP at the Old Dutch Church this summer was deeply meaningful. The "Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship" again brought an eclectic and talented bunch of musicians. Along the way we met a half-dozen women of the Bible, heard from a missionary to Oman, were blessed by the leadership of the Rev. William Burke, and extended our gratitude to young teens for looking after even younger children. We were delighted to host more than 30 children for Vacation Bible School at the "Clock Church" in Tarrytown.

We hope the photos above will bring back delightful memories to those who were with us this summer. To those who weren't, we invite you to join us on our path to furtherthe  spiritual growth, fellowship, and fun when the new year starts September 9 at our winter home at 42 North Broadway--the "Clock Tower" church--in Tarrytown.

Weekends with Deb at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow

Honoring 333 Years

Old Dutch Church book coverIn 1685, when it was built in the wilderness north of New York City, the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow brought comfort and community to isolated pioneer families. Succeeding generations treasured the old church, the only house of worship in a wide area until 1837, when members of Old Dutch built a larger church nearby then another a few years later. Yet somehow they didn't abandon the old church, which continues to this day to host the congregation every summer for worship services. What was it about the church on the Pocantico River, made famous by Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Read about its rich history and colorful characters in The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow: Legends and Lore of the Oldest Church in New York. It is available from the church office at (914) 631-4497, or order it online here.

Holiday Spirit

  • Wine and Chocolate Fundraiser at the James House
  • Old Dutch Church
  • Musicians at the Christmas Eve Service at Old Dutch
  • Old Dutch Church
  • Old Dutch Church
  • Christmas Eve Service at Old Dutch
  • Sunday School Christmas Pageant, Dec. 20, 2015
  • Cherub Choir, Dec. 20, 2015, Clock Church
  • Children's Choir, Clock Church, Dec. 20, 2015
  • Deb, Rachel and Jeremy sing for the Dec. 20 service
  • Clock Church on Dec. 20, 2015
  • Old Dutch Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
  • Bell ringers Nathan and Rob at the Old Dutch Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
  • Old Dutch Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
  • Old Dutch Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
  • Old Dutch Church Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
  • ODC Fundraiser Wine and Chocolate Evening
  • Bill paints the porch steps
  • ODC Fundraiser Wine and Chocolate Evening
  • ODC Fundraiser Wine and Chocolate Evening
  • Pastor Jeff greeting guests at the ODC Fundraiser Wine and Chocolate Evening
  • Sinterklaas and Jonathan Kruk at Old Dutch Church
  • Sinterklaas on horseback and Jonathan Kruk
  • Sinterklaas and Jonathan Kruk at Old Dutch Church
  • Town Clock Church porch decorations