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 offer general guided walking tours each Sunday at 2 p.m., May 3 - November 1, plus special theme tours on additional dates.  Visit the Tours page for the complete schedule.

Two Special Tours of Mount Hope Cemetery
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Admission: $15 each tour

10:00 AM:  Meet at North Entrance, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive.

12:00 NOON: Meet at South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite The Distillery restaurant.

Registration for either tour should be made through the Atlas Obscura website. Scroll down to New York State and then to Mount Hope Cemetery. While you may also register at the cemetery on the day of the tours, admission must then be paid in cash or by check.

Obscura Day consists of more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries. It is organized through Atlas Obscura, a collaborative, online travel inspiration project that catalogs singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and out-of-the-way places not found in traditional travel guidebooks.

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

Visit our Gift Shop to learn about books and posters available from the Friends.

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