The purpose 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 82 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.

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

Sunday Morning, April 27, 2014
Unity Health System Flower City Challenge Half-Marathon
The Friends are seeking volunteers to cheer and direct the runners through the Mount Hope Cemetery segment of the route. If interested, please contact Marilyn Nolte at
M91243@aol.comor call (585) 461-3494 and leave a message. Thank you!

Final Winter Tour This Season:
Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 PM
South cemetery entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite The Distillery restaurant.
Admission: $5/person. Free for FOMH members and children under age 16.
Tour Guide: Don Hall

The regular 2014 tour season begins in May. Check back for the complete schedule, coming soon!

Fall 2013
Please click on Mount Hope Tree Management to read about the fall 2013 removal of cemetery trees and the careful planning that preceded it.


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.

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

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.