The Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Washington Irving is the classic American ghost story. Though I think Ambrose Bierce was a better writer though they are a generation or two apart.
I remember as a kid watching movies of Sleepy Hallow. The short story is mostly exposition and description. There is only one real scene in the entire story. I was thinking that there should have been scenes that built up to the climax. Instead Irving just tells us this story. So it was just build up for the only scene in the story.
It was a classic case of the Beta male vs the Alpha male. People who write movie scripts must have loved it, here there is a story hardly any dialogue, it would give them great liberties to take.
Still, it was a story I remember growing up.
The interesting thing about this story is that there is an actual town of Sleepy Hallow in New York state.
The Legend of Sleepy Hallow was published in 1820. The audio program I listened was narrated by Michael Scott, not of The Office fame.