The Famous Haunts of Tarrytown NY! Have You Heard of Spook Rock?
I am certain that you have heard the story of the headless horseman from the 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' but have you heard of Witches Spring Trail and Spook Rock?
The stories that emanate from the woods of Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Tarrytown, NY are those of residents claiming to see flashes of light through the trees and the sound of singing coming from the area of a large rock. What is the story behind these urban legends?
The legend of Spook Rock, as I recall it, is of a man that was drawn to the sound of singing and the sight of sparkles of light in the woods. Following his curiosity, the man finds a group of beautiful women on top of a rock. Then, In an instant, they were gone into the night sky. The man was so attracted to this that he returned to the rock over and over hoping to see them again.
One night the women returned to sing on the rock. This time the man was able to capture one. He marries her and they have a baby only to have the mother disappear once again. The man was unable to care for the child and the baby died.
Distraught over the loss of his family the man buries his child and walks off, never to be seen again. The mother, who is said to be sent from the stars, returns thinking just a short time has passed and yet family is gone.
According to Visit Sleepy Hollow, if you visit Spook Rock on a clear and quiet night you might see light dancing through the woods and around the rock. You might also see flashes of light along Witches Spring Road, which some believe is the mother continuing to search for her family.
What will you see in these woods of Rockefeller State Park Preserve?