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The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year.




2015 GENERAL TOURS

Public Tour of North Section of Mount Hope CemeteryTour Group
Every Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
May 3 through November 1
This tour consists of a two-hour leisurely walk of about one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. Subjects covered include local history, famous people (including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass), horticulture, geology, architecture, symbolism, and more.
Admission:
$5 per person (except May 10 -- see Mother's Day Special). Free for members and children under 16 (when accompanied by a paying adult).
Meet: North Gatehouse, Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

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Twilight Tours
Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
May 7 through August 13

These 75-minute tours will include topics covered on the Sunday general tours as well as new material.
Admission:
$5 per person. Free for members and children under 16 (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Meet: North Gatehouse, Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
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Holiday Specials
Join us for our regular public tour of the north section of the cemetery on these holiday dates:
Monday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Admission: $5 per person.
Free for members and children under 16 (when accompanied by a paying adult).
Meet: North Gatehouse, Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

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Rochester History Series
Part 1:  In Death as in Life--Institutional Plots
Saturday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m.

Hear the stories behind many of Mount Hope's plots purchased by churches, schools, charitable organizations, veteran groups, and other institutions.
Admission: $7 per person; Free for members.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.

Part 2:  Of the People, By the People, For the People
Saturday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Learn about politics and government throughout Rochester's history.
Admission: $7 per person; Free for members.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.

Part 3:  History in Plain Sight
Saturday, August 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Explore Rochester's architects and builders.
Admission: $7 per person; Free for members.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.


Celebrate "Obscura Day"
Two Special Tours of Mount Hope Cemetery
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Admission: $15 each tour

10:00 AM:  Meet at North Entrance, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive.

12:00 NOON: Meet at South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite The Distillery restaurant.

Registration for either tour should be made through the Atlas Obscura website. Scroll down to New York State and then to Mount Hope Cemetery. While you may also register at the cemetery on the day of the tours, admission must then be paid in cash or by check.

Obscura Day consists of more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries. It is organized through Atlas Obscura, a collaborative, online travel inspiration project that catalogs singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and out-of-the-way places not found in traditional travel guidebooks.


 
2015 THEME TOURS
Each tour is approximately 2 hours long.
Admission: $7 per person. Free for members and children under 16 (when accompanied by a paying adult)

Zinc Monument Tour
Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m.
Zinc "white bronze" grave markers hit their peak popularity around 1890. No longer available, they played a vital role in the evolution of grave markers.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Don Hall


Susan B. Anthony
Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Discover reformers Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and other Rochester women and men who fought for rights for women and African Americans.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Victoria Schmitt

Residents of Historic East Avenue
Saturday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Hear stories of notable East Avenue residents, and see pictures of lost mansions.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Sally Millick


Mischief, Murder and Mayhem
Friday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Hear tales of some of the Cemetery's permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Dennis Carr


Rochester Baseball Pioneers
Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Explore the history of baseball in Rochester as revealed by the lives of early Rochesterians who played the game. Learn how baseball and its rules have changed over time.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guides:  Rochester Baseball Historical Society


Jewish Roots
Sunday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Explore the enormous contribution of Rochester's Jewish community.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Joel Elliot


Rochester and the Legendary Erie Canal
Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m.
As it fueled westward expansion, The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town and New York State the Empire State. Discover some of the Cemetery's famous and less famous people and their connections to this legendary waterway.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Nancy Uffindell

Rochester's Prosperous & Penniless
Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Stroll paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about many notable families buried in beautiful mausoleums and artistic plots.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guides: Sally Millick and Cam Tran


Pioneers, Reformers & Heroes
Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Rochester was home to a number of major contributors to the shaping of early New York. Learn about their lives and the importance of their contributions.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guides: Sally Millick and Cam Tran

The Revolutionary War Tour
Saturday, August 8 at 12:00 Noon
Explore the American Revolution as told through the lives of veterans buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. The tour covers action that took place in New York State.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guides:  R. Dreeson, S. Clarke, and D. Carr

The Ice Cream Tour
Saturday, August 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Learn about the making and selling of ice cream, one of Rochester's earliest businesses. You'll be treated to a dish of special ice cream.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Don Hall

Lost Secrets
Saturday, August 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Examine the symbols, inscriptions and funerary art that expressed 19th century views of life, death and immortality.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Professor Emil Homerin

The Civil War Tour
Saturday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Explore the war's after effects on medicine, religion, warfare, family life, and more.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guides:  Barry Platt and Marilyn Nolte

Roads Less Traveled By
Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m.
Discover 19th century Rochesterians, pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs and heroes, whose stories have not previously been told.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Patricia Corcoran


Susan B. Anthony
Saturday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m.  [Note: This tour is a REPEAT of the May 30th tour.]
Discover reformers Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass and other Rochester women and men who fought for rights for women and African Americans.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Victoria Schmitt


Mischief, Murder & Mayhem
Saturday, September 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Hear tales of some of the cemetery's permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law.
Meet:  Cemetery Office at South Entrance, Mount Hope Avenue opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Dennis Carr


Form, Function & Mount Hope Cemetery
Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Mount Hope Cemetery is a veritable museum of architecture, art, and landscape design. Gain a comprehensive understanding of Rochester's design legacy.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide:  Dennis Carr


Fall Foliage Tour
Saturday, October 17 at 12:00 Noon
Enjoy the variety and beauty of Mount Hope Cemetery's trees in autumn.
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guides:  Zak Steele/Ed Olinger



Image of flaming torchGRAND TORCH LIGHT TOURS
Saturday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 20
Tours begin every 12 minutes, 6:00 p.m. thru 9:30 p.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking on Robinson Drive.

Check back later this summer for details, including ticket prices.