Lyndhurst Castle – Almost the Scariest Place in Sleepy Hollow

About an hour north of New York City, lies the twin-villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. While I’ll talk about Sleepy Hollow in another post (famous for the Headless Horseman and Washington Irving), it was in Tarrytown that I took my favourite photo of that visit.

Lyndhurst Castle was built in 1838 and is an epic representation of Gothic Revival Architecture and when I visited it in the early afternoon, I knew that I had to photograph this beautiful mansion. The problem was, in direct sunlight a lot of the majesty of the castle felt muted. I made the decision to return later at night.

This photo was taken at about 1am – I’d been watching the moon and it’s position in the sky for some time (I was mainly at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery for the evening) and when I felt the time was right, I returned to the castle.

It took a few attempts to get the image I wanted – the one you’re looking at now. Floodlights in the castle grounds kept casting too much light on parts of the castle, and leaving others in shadows with no detail. A 30″ exposure and painting the castle with their own floodlights provided me with the image I was finally happy with.

I think the only thing missing is the “Mystery Machine” van from Scooby Doo and the gang standing looking at the castle and saying “Zoinks!”