You'll find links to a three-part tour of Mount Hope's trees, plus our "Mount Hope Moments" -- digital vignettes based on research into Mount Hope's rich cultural history.

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Visit our Online Programs Page to find links to all of the Friends online initiatives, including presentations recorded at the Rochester Public Library, available on the Central Libary's YouTube channel.


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Interested in Mount Hope Cemetery's trees?

Hop on the plantsmap website ( -- a website that hosts botanical collections) and search "fomh".  Then navigate to different plants and collections  identified in the cemetery. more..

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

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Visit our CALENDAR for a quick scan of upcoming tours and events.

See how you can help restore Mount Hope through our SAVE A STONE project.

Please Contribute
to the Section A Restoration Project

fallen gravestone section ASection A attracts many visitors, and we all know that when we take a walk in a cemetery, the first things that catch our eyes are the broken, toppled, or otherwise damaged monuments. We have counted 148 gravestones in Section A that need restoration. And we have received an estimate from a trusted contractor that the restoration work would cost $14,800. 

stones in need of repairOur restoration dollars are limited these days by the Coronavirus pandemic that eliminates a principal source of income, namely our program of guided tours. We stored up enough money and received a few hard-to-get grants to proceed with the restoration plan we had scheduled for 2020. The final dollars in that fund will be depleted this fall. 

With a cash-strapped city, limited available grants, and our own money-raising ventures diminished, we are turning to our members for help.

If every member of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery sent us a check for $29.60, we would have the necessary funds to fulfill the restoration of Section A.

Please be a financial contributor at whatever amount suits you. To contribute, please send a check to: 

Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery 
PO Box 18713 
Rochester, New York 14618 

On your check, write the words:
Section A restoration

Our Sincere Thanks for Your Support!

Bluebird photoREPORT ON OUR
We always look forward to the annual report sent by Sheryl Gracewski on our bluebird project. She and her team of volunteers do this vital work every year.

snow on bluebird house"We didn't check the boxes as often this year as we did in past years, so the numbers are more approximate. There were 5-6 successful bluebird broods nesting in our 13 boxes, each yielding 3-5 fledglings. This is the average over the last 14 years and similar to last year, but only half of the peak of 10. We had approximately 2 successful chickadee broods and 4 successful house wren broods, both down slightly from last year.
We are delighted that a flying squirrel is continuing to use one of our boxes for nesting. There were 2 flying squirrels in the box in October, so we didn't clean out the box when we winterized all of the other boxes.
We didn't see any activity at the old red-tailed hawk nest this year, but we did find a new red- tailed hawk nest in the southeast corner of the cemetery. We enjoyed great views of the newly fledged young hawks in the spring.
bluebird on flowering branchThis is the first year of the 2020-2024 New York Breeding Bird Atlas, so we entered all the breeding behaviors we witnessed in the Mt. Hope Cemetery into the atlas portal. Unfortunately, both longitude and latitude block boundaries pass through the region of the cemetery containing our bluebird boxes, so we had to enter data for 4 different blocks. We hope to determine whether screech owls are using any of the owl boxes that were erected in the cemetery, so that we can enter owl data into the Breeding Bird Atlas. However, first we need to locate the boxes. We have found a few, but if you know the locations of any of the boxes, please pass this data on to us. "

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

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