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2016 TOUR SEASON

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year. The 2016 season of regular weekly tours begins in May. 



2016 General Tours

PUBLIC TOURS: NORTH SECTION
Sundays at 2:00 p.m., May 1 - October 30
PLUS the following federal holiday at 2:00 p.m:  
     Labor Day -- Monday, September 5


Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave.,  opposite Robinson Drive
Admission: $5 per person*  Free for members and children under 16 accompanied by a paying adult.
   *Note: Cash/Check Only. We do not accept credit cards at this time.


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.

TWILIGHT TOURS
Twilight Tours have ended for this year.


2016 Theme Tours

Admission: $7 per person*  Free for members and children under 16 accompanied by a paying adult.
   *Note: Cash/Check Only. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

ROCHESTER'S EAST AVENUE
Saturday, August 27, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
East Avenue was the neighborhood of many notable residents. Learn their stories and hear about their grand mansions -- some standing, some lost.

THE CIVIL WAR AND "KING" COTTON
Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Barry Platt
Explore the peculiarity of American slavery and Reconstruction, and the Civil War as the start of the long march toward freedom and equality in America.

ROADS LESS TRAVELED BY
Saturday, September 10, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Patricia Corcoran
Meet 19th century Rochesterians -- pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs, and heroes -- in sections not often visited on other Mount Hope tours.

MISCHIEF, MURDER, AND MAYHEM
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Meet some of Mount Hope's permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law; or whose lives met unfortunate ends.

SHADOW OF SHAKESPEARE
Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
For the quadricentennial of Shakespeare's death, this fun tour relates famous Shakespeare quotes to some of our Mount Hope residents.

THEIR LEGACY SURROUNDS US
Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Visit grave sites of many of Rochester's prominent architects and builders, who left their legacy with historic buildings we may pass by every day.

FALL FOLIAGE AT MOUNT HOPE

Saturday, October 15, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Zak Steele, Ed Olinger
Enjoy the beauty of Mount Hope Cemetery's historic trees and flora on this autumn tour led by landscape architects who can identify and explain the vast variety.

ROCHESTER'S POLITICAL PLAYERS
Saturday, October 22, 11:00 a.m.
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Explore the history of Rochester governmental structure, politics, and prominent political figures who now rest at Mount Hope.


GRAND TORCH LIGHT TOURS: Our Tour Season Finale!
Saturday, October 15
Tuesday, October 18
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
NO PARKING AVAILABLE IN THE CEMETERY -- PARK ON ROBINSON DRIVE.

Guides will take you to unique stops and share stories from Rochester's history, by moonlight and torchlight.
Groups go out every 12 minutes, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
More information, including ticket prices, will be available closer to the dates of the event.