Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Kinderhook by Kinderhook Town Historian published on 2020-08-24T14:21:19Z Ever wonder about Kinderhook, NY’s actual connection to Washington Irving’s story “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” published 200 years ago? On the WGCX-90.7 FM’s show “Rob Around the County” hosted by Rob Gelles, Town of Kinderhook Historian Kate Johnson discusses some of Irving’s sources of inspiration including a friendship he made during an 1809 Kinderhook stay. In the spring of that year, Irving came to know Jesse Merwin, a transplant from Connecticut, who was teaching in a rustic one-room school that once stood on present-day Route 9H. Merwin served as a model for the fictional character of Ichabod Crane, a fact attested to by both Irving and Kinderhook native son Martin Van Buren. In this program, Kate talks about the friendship the 3 men shared, the tension between old Dutch residents and newcomer Yankees in the Hudson Valley around 1800, and the tale’s continuing popularity over the centuries.