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

Please note:
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Please Join Us!

Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 PM
Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester
Featured Speaker: Dennis Carr, presenting "Seeking the Cure: the Medical Heritage of Mount Hope Cemetery"
New Publication: Richard Reisem will unveil the new, expanded edition of Buried Treasures in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visit the EVENTS PAGE for more information.

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year.
Regular weekend tours resume on May 5, 2018 and run through October 28.

In the meantime, enjoy monthly Winter and Spring tours at the south end of the cemetery on flat, well-plowed roads as listed on our
Tours Page.

image of snowdropsEARLY SPRING TOUR
Saturday, March 24 at 11AM
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
more information...

Please Note: The Friends Tour Committee is currently seeking volunteers to serve as Gatehouse Receptionists for 2018 tours and events. Go to the Volunteer page for more information.

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