One cold night in the new year a Dutchman left the tavern in Tarrytown and started walking home. His path lead to a cemetery where a headless hessian horseman was buried. He tried to be brave when walking past the cemetery.
He saw a mysterious light coming from one of the graves. He stared at it till midnight wondering what it could be. Suddenly a man on a horse leaped out at him. There was a very strange thing about him though. He had no head ! The Dutchman was so surprised that he let out a huge scream! He ran and ran as fast as he could till he reached the bridge. The Dutchman knew that ghost and sprits dared not cross the river. He suddenly stumbled and landed in a pile of snow. Lucky for him that there was a bush nearby. Out of common sense he hid in it.
He waited for a good hour before he came out and made his way home very slowly deep in thought. After thinking it over he told his wife the strange news. He and his wife were so surprised that they shouted the news all over the village ! The villagers also became very shocked that they tried to reason with this strange happening. Some thought that the horseman had lost his head during battle. Others claimed that the horseman rose from the grave to lead the Hessian soldiers down in charge up nearby Canter lot Hill , not knowing that the hill had already been taken by the British.