Are You Brave Enough to Drive Kentucky’s Sleepy Hollow Road?
I've heard the phrase "Washington slept here" my whole life. I don't know why, though. It means nothing other than the completion of the 1942 movie titled George Washington Slept Here.
THE OTHER SLEEPY HOLLOW...AND IT'S JUST AS SCARY
In Kentucky, however, "Washington slept here" is an accurate description of Bardstown's Talbott Inn...except that the "Washington" in question was Washington Irving, author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", among others. Ironically, there IS a Sleepy Hollow in Kentucky, and it's just as spooky as Irving's iconic setting. And maybe it inspired him; he was a guest at the Talbott before he wrote his masterpiece.
But if Irving had lived in another era, he could've made hay with the legend surrounding what many have called the scariest road in Kentucky. No headless horsemen here...just a creepy old hearse and bone-chilling chanting and screaming in the night. Tonya Klaes, the administrator for a public Facebook group known as Haunted History of Kentucky explains:
There are a few stories and urban legends attached to the area. Among them is that of the black hearse, it is said to begin to follow you as you travel along the road, it appears suddenly from out of nowhere. The hearse will continuously increase its speed, thereby causing many drivers to run off the side of the road and plunge into the thirty-foot ravine that borders Sleepy Hollow Road.
TAKE ONE CREEPY OLD HEARSE AND SPRINKLE IN SOME RITUALS
There are actually multiple legends attached to Sleepy Hollow Road--stories of satanic rituals, for example:
Another of the lesser known of the three stories of Sleepy Hollow is the “Devil's Point” which in the 1970's and early 80s was rumored to be the area where satanic rituals were held. Many residents that live in the area have claimed to have heard chanting and screaming coming from nearby. The area is also rumored to have been populated by bonfires and figures in dark robes.
Peggy Carter is from the area and said this:
LET'S NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
Additionally, drivers have described a phenomenon they can only attribute to "time warps":
There have also been reports of drivers going through this stretch of road and having experienced what they described as time warps. For example, someone driving into the hollow at 11:00 p.m. might find themselves exiting the stretch several hours later.
There's also an incredibly disturbing story about why you can hear the cries of children at night. But it seems Sleepy Hollow Road is LOADED with disturbing tales. It's in Oldham County just to the northeast of Louisville, in case you decide to do a little ghost hunting of your own.
You should make sure your camera is fully charged. This has "Blair Witch reboot" written all over it