The Friends are citizens who established in 2002 a non-profit community organization with a mission to further enhance and promote the preservation, beautification, and appreciation of the public burial grounds of the Town of Concord. The Friends have established goals to achieve this mission: to provide the leadership for volunteer activities; to seek grants for improvements and restoration; and to raise funds by enlisting the creative and supportive resources of the community.
The photo shown above is of the horse-driven hearse returning the remains of Sophia and Una Hawthorne to Sleepy Hollow to be buried with Nathaniel in June, 2006. The Friends were responsible for getting the word out about the event and the public ceremony to the media worldwide as part of our ongoing campaign to educate and inform the public on the still living history of Sleepy Hollow. The event was covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, The London Times, the BBC and other news outlets worldwide, including India and Australia.
Monies from perpetual care payments, lot purchases, and appropriations from the Town of Concord provide the basic maintenance of the Cemetery such as mowing and raking and limited improvement and restoration; these funds, however, are not sufficient to allow the continuing enhancement of the Cemetery as a final resting place for the Town's citizens and a contemplative retreat for residents and visitors.
Some of the Cemetery enhancements that interest The Friends include signs, maps, volunteer days, newsletter, and landscaping. The Friends encourage and welcome suggestions from the membership for other improvement and activities.
The goals of The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are supported by donations which are tax deductible. The Organization receives no Town funds.