Connecticut's Headless Horseman: The True Story of Sleepy Hollow

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Did you know that Connecticut has its own 'Headless Horseman' legend -- a tale that pre-dates "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by 40 years?  Emeritus Professor of English Kara LaBella will discuss Washington Irving's famous work in relation to our own Farmington Valley story, revealing the similarities and differences between the two. She will explain how she researched the Canton legend to find the real people and places involved in a murder mystery, dating back to the Revolutionary War era. Did our state's little-known tale actually influence one of the most beloved American ghost stories of all time? Come and decide for yourself! 

From 5:45-6:45 pm that evening, The Wallingford Krampus will be making a special guest appearance at the library! Attendees are welcome to arrive early to take photos and pose with him.


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