The favorite story of the Dutch settlement of Sleepy Hollow, New York, is an ominous ghost story. A headless horseman is waiting for belated travelers.
Ikabod Crane, who believes in everything beyond, cares for Katharina Van Tassel, the blonde beauty, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, Baltus van Tassel. Late in the autumn night, when the superstitious bridegroom was returning from a party in the bride's house, he began to be haunted by the same ghost, searching at night for his lost head in battle.
Since then, no one has seen Ikabod Crane. The beautiful Katarina Van Tassel married Abraham Van Brant, who with all his appearance makes it clear that he knows the secret of the missing Ikabod.
Washington Irving is also famous for such stories as "Rip Van Winkle", "The Devil and Tom Walker", "The Adventure of the German Student", "Tales of the Alhambra" etc.