The mission of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery is to optimize the cemetery's potential as a cultural resource through education, preservation and promotion of Mount Hope Cemetery's unique heritage.

Dedicated in 1838 in Rochester NY, Mount Hope is America's first municipal Victorian cemetery.

Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery features more than 80 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves across 196 acres.

Mount Hope Cemetery is listed in:

    •    Mount Hope/Highland Preservation District, Rochester, NY
    •    New York State Register of Historic Places
    •    National Register of Historic Places
    •    National Park Services National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
    •    Erie Canalway National Corridor, as an Affiliate Site

and is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and a historic site on Rochester's portion of the Genesee Riverway Trail.

Please address mail correspondence to:
Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery
P.O. Box 18713
Rochester, NY 14618-0713

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The Friends of Mount Hope are seeking a volunteer with experience in accounting and finance to be the group's TREASURER. The treasurer maintains the organization's account books and prepares records of all financial activities. He/She handles all funds, making bank deposits and invoice payments in a timely manner.

The Friends are also in need of volunteers with knowledge and experience in:  MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS and IT.

Tour Program volunteers (GUIDES and RECEPTIONISTS), are always needed as well.

Please contact:
Richard Reisem,
if you are able and willing to give your time and talent to benefit beautiful, historic Mount Hope!


The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year.

The 2017 regular public tour season has ended.
Check back for information about 2018 tours.


japanese maple treeThe Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, in cooperation with the City of Rochester's Department of Environmental Services (DES) announce the completion of a comprehensive Tree and Woodland Management Plan for the cemetery. This document will be a valuable resource as the City implements its Mount Hope Cemetery Master Plan.

Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Company, prepared this Tree and Woodland Management Plan with input from a Plan Task Force, Rochester Southeast Neighborhood Groups, and the City of Rochester's Department of Environmental Services Forestry and Cemeteries Divisions.

Funding for development of the plan was received from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Urban and Community Forestry Program administered by the Division of Lands and Forests.

To review the complete plan document, click Mount Hope Cemetery Tree and Woodland Management Plan.

Click on Genealogical Services to find request forms and information about  assistance offered by Friends volunteers.

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