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2021 GUIDED WALKING TOURS

 ONLINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS


COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.
Social distancing will be in effect throughout the tour.
Masks are required per current local guidelines.
Restrooms will be closed.


TOUR ADMISSION: $12; Free for FOMH members and children under 18 when accompanied by a paying adult. Tour fees and memberships directly fund the restoration and preservation projects of the Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery – Thank you!

NOTE: Tours are not always kept to paved paths. We recommend comfortable walking shoes, not open sandals.



GENERAL TOURS

gatehouse viewed from gazebo
Public Tours: North Section
Sundays at 2 PM, May 2 - October 24
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt.  Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive

This foundational tour is a two-hour walk of approximately a mile on both paved roads and uneven terrain. This includes the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, topics of local history, horticulture, geology, architecture, monument symbolism, and more.




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Twilight Tours
Thursdays, 7 pm, May 6 – Sep 23
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt.  Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
                   
These 75-minute tours include some topics covered on Sunday North Section tours as well as new material, on an alternative route in the North section.

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row of small American flags
Holiday Tours

Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt.  Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive
Admission: $12/person. Free for FOMH members and children under 18 when accompanied by a paying adult. 
Advance Tickets Required*


Ponder the meaning of these patriotic holidays at the gravesites of our Mount Hope Cemetery residents whom we commemorate on these days:

Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 11 AM
Tour Guide: Tom Rudy

Independence Day, Sunday, July 4 at 11 am
Tour Guide: Tom Rudy

Labor Day, Monday, September 6 at 11 am
Tour Guide: Tony Filer

*Advanced Sales Tickets - Each Holiday Tour will have its own URL for buying tickets. These links will be added to this web site approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of each tour. Members are free but need to register via the ticketing web site to reserve a space for a specific day and time.  Use promo code to waive the ticket fee.

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FREE POP UP TOURS

pop up historian
Pop Up tours are free -- our gifts to the community. Visitors are invited to stop in any time between 10 AM and 2 PM to a designated part of the cemetery  and hear fascinating stories at the gravesites of Mount Hope residents.  Our Pop Up historians bring history alive! 




Mark your calendars!
Two Pop Up Tours will be presented in 2021:        

June 19th --Witnesses to History: Revelations of Section L
October 2nd -- From Beyond: Tales of Melancholy, Grief, & Tragedy

Begin your tour experience at the North Gatehouse Entrance, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive, anytime between 10 AM and 2 PM.





THEME TOURS

Note:  Most tours are offered more than once (an "encore") due to current crowd restrictions, so please check dates. 

Admission: $12/person. Free for FOMH members and children under 18 when accompanied by a paying adult. 
Advance Tickets Required. Each Theme Tour will have its own URL for buying tickets. These links will be added to this web site approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of each tour. Members are free but need to register via the ticketing website to reserve a space for a specific day and time.  Use promo code to waive the ticket fee.


Tree Walk Along the Fence Line
Saturday, April 24, 11 am and 1 pm
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Tom Jones
Take a walk with our own tree lover Tom Jones looking for signs of Spring -- the fresh burst of leaf and flower buds.
Advanced Sales Tickets Required: $12/person.

Members: Admission is free, but you must register and acquire a ticket in advance. A new Promo Code is required. See April 12 email.


Connections: The U of R and Mount Hope
Saturday, May 1, 11 am; encore Oct 16, 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Neighbors on the Genesee-- the University of Rochester and Mount Hope Cemetery --share many connections over their 170+ -year histories.

Olmstead and the Origins of the Parks Movement 
Saturday, May 8, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Explore Olmstead's evolution from the idea of rural cemeteries to the public parks movement, and landscape architecture as a profession.

The Ice Cream Tour
Saturday, May 15, 11 am; encore Oct 2, 11 am                                         
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Tony Filer                                                           
A "novelty" tour about one of Rochester's earliest businesses - the making and selling of ice cream and other sundries we still enjoy!

Erie Canal I: Basins and Builders
Saturday, May 15, 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Nancy Uffindell
The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town and had national impact. Meet famous and less-famous people and their connections to this legendary waterway.

The Bird Watcher Tour
Sunday, May 16, 8 am                                        
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.                 
Tour Guide:  Joanne Mitchell & June Summers                                                          
The early bird catches the worm - Yes, 8 am! Join our Genesee Valley Audubon Society members as they seek out migratory birds.

A Nation of Joiners: Ritual, Regalia and the History of Fraternalism in America
Saturday, May 22, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
From the early nineteenth through the twentieth century the symbols and emblems of secret societies and benefit organizations appear on monuments in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Erie Canal II: Boatyards and Businessmen 
Saturday, May 22, 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr. 
Tour Guide: Nancy Uffindell
This tour is Part II of the Erie Canal story (Part I is May 15), and continues the stories of the impact of the Erie Canal on life in Rochester.

Temples on the Lawn – North End
Saturday, May 29, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr. 
Tour Guide: Chris Grooms
Explore the various architectural styles of the mausoleums in the North section of the cemetery and the stories of those entombed within. 

Temples on the Lawn – South End
Saturday, June 5, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Chris Grooms
Explore the various architectural styles of the mausoleums in the South section of the cemetery and the stories of those entombed within. 

Women First: Women's Suffrage and Equality 
Saturday, June 12, 11 am; encore Aug 14, 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr. 
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Follow the steps of Susan B. Anthony and other trailblazing women that led to the 19th Amendment, and meet some others that came "first."

Jewish Roots in Rochester
Sunday, June 13, 11 am                                         
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guides: Joel Elliott, Earl Gurell, Monica Gurell  
Explores the history and enormous contributions of Rochester's Jewish community.   

Home to the Prosperous and Penniless 
Saturday, June 19, 11 am  
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Cam Tran                                                           
Stroll the paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about residents of great wealth and status, and those who had little in life, but left a mark nonetheless.                                                      

Witnesses to History: Revelations of Section L 
Saturday, June 19, 10 am – 2 pm
FREE Pop-up Tour in Section L!

Underground Railroad Tracks
Saturday, June 26, 11 am; encore Sep 4, 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Frederick Douglass and many other Rochester citizens kept the Freedom Seekers moving northward through their secret network, through their city and homes.

The Artistic Legacy of Mount Hope
Saturday, July 3, 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant 
Tour Guide: Chris Conway
Highlighting a section of artistically significant monuments, meet a number of Mount Hope residents who contributed to artistic and cultural life in Rochester.                                                       
                                                      
Architecture & Architects: History in Plain Sight
Saturday, July 10, 11 am and 2 pm                                         
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr                                                          
This tour of Mount Hope Cemetery is a walk through the past 200 years of our region's architectural history. You will leave with a new appreciation for the buildings you see throughout your own community!
                                                           
Undertakers, Wakes, & Tears: Mourning Rituals in 19th Century America
Saturday, July 17, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Deb Coffey
This tour explores the Victorians' view of death and their expressions of grief through socially expected rituals and customs. 

The Arrest and Trial of Susan B. Anthony
Saturday, July 24, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
SBA decided to test the Constitution by registering and voting with 15 other women in the 1872 election. This real-life drama gave Anthony her deserved reputation as the most effective advocate for women's suffrage.

Glorious Section G --Pioneers, Reformers & Heroes
Saturday, July 31, 11 am, 11:15, 11:30 (repeated)
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guides: FOMH Ensemble
Rochester was home to many major contributors to the shaping of early New York, many of whom rest in this prestigious area.

Section A: The Joy of Restoration: A Gift from our Donors
Saturday, Aug 7, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet:  North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guides: FOMH Ensemble
Rejoice at the work done in this area thanks to the generosity of FOMH donors! Meet the amazing Rochesterians interred in this old section.

Mayors of Rochester and Their Legacies
Saturday, Aug 21, 11 am and 2 pm                                         
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Chris Grooms                                                           
This tour highlights several of the mayors interred in Mount Hope. We will examine their political legacies and impact on Rochester as a growing city.

Civil War Stories: The Tragedy of War
Saturday, Aug 28, 11 am and 2 pm
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., across from Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guides: FOMH Ensemble
This tour explores the life altering changes in the lives of Rochesterians resulting from the Civil War.

SPECIAL EVENT!
The Geography of Mt. Hope Cemetery 
Saturday, Sept 11, 10 am – 3 pm 
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr. 
Tour Guide: MCC Professor Michael Boester
This extensive, all-day tour explores the physical and cultural geography of the cemetery, explaining its evolution from America's first municipally-owned Victorian cemetery, to fulfilling today's trends in natural burials and cremations.
$40; $30 for members. Space is limited.
Half-hour break for lunch (bring your own)

Riverside Ramble: More History, Scenery, Stories
Sunday, Sept 12, 1 pm
Meet: Riverside Cemetery Gate, 2650 Lake Ave.
Tour Guide: Joanne Mitchell
Continuing our exploration of the city's historic Riverside Cemetery, established in 1892. We'll explore its social, cultural and landscape history.

Roads Less Traveled By
Saturday, Sept 18, 11 am                                         
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Joanne Mitchell                                                           
Meet 19th century Rochesterians, pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs and heroes in sections not often visited on other Mt. Hope tours.  

Geology of Mount Hope Cemetery
Saturday, Sept 25, 11 am and 1pm
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: U of R Professor Rory Cottrell
A geologist leads this fascinating tour revealing how the glaciers formed the dramatic landscape of Mt Hope.

From Beyond: Tales of Melancholy, Grief, & Tragedy
Saturday, Oct 2, 10 am – 2 pm
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.                   
FREE Pop-up Tour --  Stories you won't forget!

Carved in Stone 
Saturday, Oct 9, 11 am and 2 pm                                         
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.                                                Tour Guide: Deb Coffey                                                                                                         Explore the meaning of the symbols, epitaphs, and funerary art that expressed the views of life, death, & rebirth in the past and present.

Fall Foliage at Mt. Hope
Saturday, October 23, 11 am and 1 pm                                         
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.                   
Tour Guide: Tom Jones
Enjoy the beauty and color of Mt. Hope's trees as they prepare for the winter season. 

Mischief, Murder and Mayhem
Saturday, October 30, 11 am; encore Sunday, Oct 31, 11 am (Halloween)                                      Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Dr.                   
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr                                                           
Meet some permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law; or whose lives met unfortunate or grisly ends.