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, New York
    •    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.

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery have been named a Preserve America Steward. This designation is granted by First Lady Michelle Obama to not-for-profit organizations committed to caring for America's cultural heritage.

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


The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery announce the publication of a new book by author and Friends Trustee Richard O. Reisem:

Canal Builder/Abolitionist/
Unsung Hero

Click Myron Holley 
for more information about the book and order instructions.


The final guided walking tour of the 2014 season is Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m.

$5. Free for members and children 15 or under.

Meet: north cemetery entrance, 791 Mount Hope Avenue opposite Robinson drive.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission Payment by Cash or Check Only.

For request forms and information on genealogical services offered by Friends volunteers, click here.