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Follow the signs for AUTHOR'S RIDGE and climb the hill to the graves of some of the town's literary giants, including the Alcotts, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. Emerson's bears no religious symbols; the marker is an uncarved quartz boulder. Thoreau is buried nearby; at his funeral, in 1862, his old friend Emerson concluded his eulogy with these words: " . . . wherever there is knowledge, wherever there is virtue, wherever there is beauty, he will find a home."

Military Intelligence -- Veterans' graves in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery bear small American flags from Memorial Day until just before Veterans Day. Of the famous occupants of Author's Ridge, only Louisa May Alcott (a Union Army nurse during the Civil War) qualifies.