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2017 TOUR SEASON

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year. The 2017 regular public tour season will begin on Sunday, April 30.

TOUR GUIDELINES: Please note that Mt. Hope Cemetery is located on natural, variable, terrain. Tour routes may take visitors along grass, dirt, or paved paths, and up and down hills, particularly in the historic north end of the cemetery.  Comfortable walking shoes (not open sandals) are recommended. If you have questions or doubts about the particular tour you'd like to take, please call ahead for more details.

Several theme tours may be interpreted for the deaf or hard of hearing, as noted on the schedule below. To accommodate, we need advance notice in order to make arrangements for interpreters. Please call two weeks ahead of the tour date to request an interpreter.

FOMH TOUR LINE:  (585) 461-3494


2017 GENERAL TOURS
Admission: $5 per person; Free for members. Join today! Free for children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.
Please Note: Payment by cash or check only. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

PUBLIC TOURS: NORTH SECTION

Sundays at 2 pm: April 30 - October 29
Federal Holidays at 2 pm:  Memorial Day (Monday, May 29), Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4), Labor Day (Monday, September 4).
This foundational tour is a two-hour guided walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. This overview includes the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and topics of local history, horticulture, geology, architecture, monument symbolism, and more.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive.

TWILIGHT TOURS
Thursdays at 7 pm: May 11 - August 10
Twilight Tours have ended for the 2017 season.


2017 THEME TOURS
Admission:
$7 per person; Free for members. Join today!  Free for children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.
Please Note: Payment by cash or check only. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

HOME TO THE PROSPEROUS AND PENNILESS (Repeat of the popular July 15 tour)
Saturday, September 23 at 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Cam Tran
Stroll the paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about residents of great wealth and status, as well as some who had little in life but left a mark nonetheless.

GEOLOGY OF MT. HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, September 30 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: UR Professor Rory Cottrell
A geologist leads this fascinating tour, revealing how glaciers formed Mount Hope's  dramatic landscape thousands of years ago.
Interpreted for the deaf or hard-of-hearing; must reserve ahead of time. Please call 585-461-3494 no later than September 16 to request an interpreter.

MISCHIEF, MURDER, AND MAYHEM
Saturday, October 7 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Meet some of Mount Hope's permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law, or who met unfortunate ends.

ROCHESTER'S GILDED AGE
Saturday, October 14 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
East Avenue was the neighborhood of many notable residents. Hear their stories, and about their grand mansions -- some standing today, some lost.
Interpreted for the deaf or hard-of-hearing; must reserve ahead of time. Please call 585-461-3494 no later than September 30 to request an interpreter.

FALL FOLIAGE AT MT. HOPE
Saturday, October 21 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Zak Steele/Ed Olinger
Enjoy the beauty of Mount Hope Cemetery's historic trees and flora in the fall. You'll be guided by landscape architects who will identify and explain the vast variety.

ROCHESTER'S POLITICAL PLAYERS
Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
Meet: South Entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Starting at the grave of the inventor of the voting machine, take a trip through the history of Rochester and New York State governmental structure, as well as political figures who had national impact.

2017 GRAND TORCH LIGHT TOURS -- CANCELLED
We regret that we are unable to present the annual Torch Light Tours originally scheduled on October 7 and 10, 2017.