Certified Wildlife Habitat
Birds of Mount Hope
Mount Hope Mushrooms
Stories In Stone
Tours & Events
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:
for more information about the book and order instructions.
2014 TOURS AND EVENTS
The 2014 season of guided walking tours continues through Sunday, October 26. To see the complete schedule of general and special theme tours, visit the
Admission Payment by Cash or Check Only.
TORCH LIGHT TOURS
Saturday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 21
Mt. Hope Cemetery, 791 Mt. Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive
One-hour tours begin every 15 min., 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM
ickets are sold by tour start time. You will select your start time when you purchase your ticket.
Tickets $8 --
now on sale at Wegmans
Children 15 & under free with adult.
Members free with card.
If available, tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 each.
No credit cards accepted for tickets purchased at the door.
Rain or Shine -- All Sales Final -- Parking Available
For request forms and information on
services offered by Friends volunteers,
Tours & Events
© 2009 Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery 1133 Mount Hope Avenue Rochester, New York 14620 585-461-3494