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.




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








VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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!


2014 TOURS AND EVENTS

The 2014 season of guided walking tours begins on Sunday, May 4 and continues through Sunday, October 26. To see the complete schedule, click the TOURS tab at the top of this page.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission Payment by Cash or Check Only.


SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY:

NORTH SECTION PUBLIC TOURS
Every Sunday at 2 p.m., beginning May 4
Admission:
$5 per person. Free for Members and children under 16 when accompanied by an adult.
Free for everyone on Mother's Day, May 11.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
A two-hour leisurely walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and some uneven terrain. Subjects covered include local history, famous people (including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass), horticulture, geology, architecture, symbolism, and more.

TWILIGHT TOURS
Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., beginning May 8
Admission:
$5 per person. Free for Members and children under 16 when accompanied by an adult.
Meet: North Gataehouse opposite Robinson Drive.
These 75-minute tours will include topics covered on the Sunday North Section tour as well as new material.

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL
Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
This two-hour north section tour is free to all on this special day. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL -- MEMORIAL DAY
Monday, May 26 at 2 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person. Free for members and children under 16 accompanied by an adult.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Join us for our regular public north section tour on this Memorial Day holiday.

THEME TOURS
All last approximately two hours.
Admission:
$7 per person. Free for members and children under 16 accompanied by an adult.

Cranks, Catalysts & Collisions with History
Saturday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
A collection of people you probably never heard of who greatly influenced major events in American and global history.

The Bird Watcher Tour
Sunday, May 18 at 8 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guides: June Summers & Joanne Mitchell
The early bird catches the worm! Yes, 8 am! Join Genesee Valley Audubon Society members as they seek out migratory birds visiting Mount Hope.

Zinc Monument Tour
Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m.
Meet: Cemetery Office, South Entrance
Tour Guide: Don Hall
Zinc "white bronze" grave markers hit their peak popularity around 1890. While no longer available today, they played a vital role in the evolution of grave markers.

Susan B. Anthony & Women's Rights
Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Victoria Schmitt
The women's rights movement as told through the lives of Susan B. Anthony and other Rochester suffragettes.


TREE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
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.



NEW PUBLICATION

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

MYRON HOLLEY
Canal Builder/Abolitionist/
Unsung Hero




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



GENEALOGICAL SERVICES
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.