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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).
NEW "First Friday" Tours at 6 pm: June 2, July 7, August 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
These 75-minute tours include some topics covered on Sunday North Section tours as well as new material, following an alternative route through the North Section.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive.


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.

CRANKS, CATALYSTS, & COLLISIONS IN HISTORY
Saturday, May 6 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Discover a collection of people you may never have heard of, who greatly influenced major events in American and global history.

THE BIRD WATCHER TOUR
Sunday, May 14 at 8 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guides: Audubon Society Members and Joanne Mitchell
The early bird catches the worm -- Yes, 8 am! Bring Mom out to join Genesee Valley Audubon Society members as they seek out migratory birds.

SOUTH (FLAT) END TOUR
Saturday, May 27 at 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Don Hall
Visit cemetery residents in the former prehistoric lake section, such as George Washington's drummer boy, the founder of Gannett News, and many area industrialists and entrepreneurs. The route is flat and mostly paved.

LOST SECRETS
Saturday, June 3 at 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: UR Professor Emil Homerin
This popular annual tour examines symbols, inscriptions, and funerary art that expressed19th century views of life, death, and immortality.
Interpreted for the deaf or hard-of-hearing; must reserve ahead of time. Please call 585-461-3494 no later than May 20 to request an interpreter.

BATTER UP! ROCHESTER'S BASEBALL PIONEERS
Saturday, June 10 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guides: Rochester Baseball Historical Society Members
Discover the unique history of baseball in Rochester as revealed in the lives of early Rochesterians who played the game. Learn how baseball and its rules have changed over time.

JEWISH ROOTS IN ROCHESTER
Sunday, June 11 at 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Nancy Kraus
With a local expert as guide, explore the enormous contribution of Rochester's Jewish community.

ERIE CANAL I: BASINS AND BUILDERS
Saturday, June 17 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Nancy Uffindell
The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town and had national impact. Discover famous and less-well-known people with connections to this legendary waterway.

ERIE CANAL II: BOATYARDS AND BUSINESSMEN
Saturday, June 24 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Nancy Uffindell
The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town! Discover famous and less-well-known people with connections to this legendary waterway.

THE PUSH FOR EQUALITY IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA
Saturday, July 1 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Victoria Schmitt
Hear the stories of many people who were committed to anti-slavery and women's rights causes.
Interpreted for the deaf or hard-of-hearing; must reserve ahead of time.
Please call 585-461-3494 no later than June 17 to request an interpreter.

PIONEERS, REFORMERS, AND HEROES
Saturday, July 8 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Rochester was home to a number of major contributors to the shaping of early New York, many of whom rest in this section (G) of the cemetery.

HOME TO THE PROSPEROUS AND PENNILESS
Saturday, July 15 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.

WE'VE GOT THE CURE: LEADERS IN MEDICINE
Saturday, July 22 at 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Rochester has been home to many innovators and leaders in the medical field. Learn more about their contributions, which have helped so many people.

ROADS LESS TRAVELED BY
Saturday, July 29 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Pat Corcoran
Meet 19th century Rochesterians -- pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs, and heroes whose graves lie in sections not often visited on other Mt. Hope tours.

THE CIVIL WAR AND "KING" COTTON
Saturday, August 5 at 11 am

Meet: North Gatehouse, 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.
Interpreted for the deaf or hard-of-hearing; must reserve ahead of time. Please call 585-461-3494 no later than July 22 to request an interpreter.

THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Saturday, August 12 at 11 am

Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guides: Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, and Dennis Carr
Explore the American Revolution as revealed in the lives of veterans interred at Mount Hope. The tour features music provided by members of the Towpath Fife and Drum Corps!


THE ICE CREAM TOUR
Saturday, August 19 at 11 am
Meet: South Entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour Guide: Don Hall
Learn about the making and selling of ice cream and other sundries -- one of Rochester's earliest businesses -- and be treated to a dish of special ice cream!

THE PUSH FOR EQUALITY IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA (Repeat of the popular July 1 tour)
Saturday, August 26 at 11 am

Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Victoria Schmitt
Hear the stories of many people who were committed to anti-slavery and women's rights causes.

FORM AND FUNCTION OF MT. HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, September 2 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
What is the history of the cemetery itself -- its origins, design, and layout? Find out on this tour that looks at Mt. Hope through a unique lens.

SHADOW OF SHAKESPEARE
Saturday, September 9 at 11 am
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Created to mark the quadricentennial of Shakespeare's death, this fun tour relates famous Shakespeare quotes and readings to some of our Mt. Hope residents, including a William Shakespeare!

SPECIAL EVENT!
THE GEOGRAPHY OF MT. HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, September 16, 10 am to 3 pm
See our Events Page for full information.

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.

SPECIAL EVENT!
GRAND TORCH LIGHT TOURS -- Our popular annual after-dark tours!
Saturday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 10

See our Events Page for full information.

ROCHESTER'S GUILDED 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 21 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.