The Old Dutch Burying Ground
There are approximately 1,700 interments in the Old Dutch Burying Ground, the majority from the mid-18th century through the late 19th century. A number of inscriptions are missing or unreadable. Sandstones are subject to shelling or flaking, whether from ice and thaw cycles or from flaws in the stone; marble is eroded by acid rain and pollution. Some have been discolored by grass fires or broken by vandals over the centuries.
Fortunately, two early record books captured existing stones up to about 1860, including some that are no longer readable. Each page has been scanned and is now available for viewing on the website of The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, www.reformedchurchtarrytowns.org. Other registers are also at the Reformed Church website.
If you are having trouble finding an ancestor buried in the Old Dutch Burying Ground, be certain you are looking in the right location. The adjacent Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a much larger property containing interments from the middle of the 19th century through the present. If the individual in question died after 1849, chances are good that the interment was in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery rather than the Old Dutch Burying Ground, especially if the individual was not known to be a member of the congregation of The Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a separate entity incorporated in 1849 and currently contains about 45,000 interments. The cemetery office is able to confirm burial of specific individuals by date of death. Visit www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org or phone the office. Fees may apply for research time and photocopying. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery does not keep or have access to records of the Old Dutch Church or its burying ground.