Hendrick Hudson whose namesake is the Hudson River that runs through the Kaatskill Mountains and clear through the state of New York was one of the first explorers of the great American continent. Settlers of the region have formed many myths and legends around his name and that portion of the country is rich in lore that will outlast any of our lifetimes. Washington Irving moved to the banks of the Hudson River to live and write in a peaceful setting with inspiring views. The enchanting New England landscape motivated him to create many of his unique and wonderful characters. Inside this book are two of his most classic legends picturing the captivating characters of Ichabod Crane and Rip Van Winkle that can be equally enjoyed by young and old.