Follow the signs for AUTHOR'S RIDGE in the cemetery’s northeast side and climb the hill to the graves of some of the town’s literary lights, including the Alcotts, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. Many visitors leave pens and pencils on the writers’ gravestones. Emerson’s bears no religious symbols, just an uncarved quartz boulder. Thoreau is buried nearby.

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.