The Question and Answer section for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
This is Irving's description of Sleepy Hollow:
"A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land and to pervade the very atmosphere. Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor during the early days of the settlement;...
Telling ghost stories was a common past time in the small village, the whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions.
Both Ichabod Crane and Brom Van Brunt are competing for the affections of Katrina. The effect is a rivalry between the two of them and the final horse chase.