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

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Help preserve and restore Mount Hope Cemetery with a donation to the Friends on the United Way's annual RocTheDay 24-hour internet giving campaign.

On Tuesday, December 1, Visit  between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. to make your gift. NOTE: In order to find the Friends in the list of agencies on the donation site, you must spell it exactly as listed, with the period after Mt and the misspelled "Cemetry" as follows: The Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetry

100% of all donations will be used for restoration and educational programs. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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    Sunday, December 6
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gatehouse at North Entrance
791 Mount Hope Avenue

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The 2015 season of public guided walking tours has ended. Watch for news of next year's tours in early 2016.

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

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