It's eerie that this was written almost two centuries ago.
FOUND AMONG THE PAPERS OF THE LATE DIEDRICH KNICKERBOCKER
In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, ... there lies a small market-town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town. ... Not far from this village, ... there is a little valley, or rather lap of land, among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world.
...If ever I should wish for a retreat, whither I might steal from the world and its distractions, and dream quietly away the remnant of a troubled life, I know of none more promising than this little valley.
From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, ... this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of
Sleepy Hollow[I kid you not, it's Chappaqua, [see a map here], ... A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere. Some say that the place was bewitched ... Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvellous beliefs; are subject to trances and visions; and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air. The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales ...
The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief ... His haunts are not confined to the valley ...
I lifted the text of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from the great site Bartleby, where written works whose copyright has lapsed are stored for you and I to read for freely. Ain't the internet great!