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The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours, May through October.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission  Payment by Cash or Check only.


2014 GENERAL TOURS

gatehouse at north entrancePublic Tour of North Section of Mount Hope Cemetery
Every Sunday at 2:00 pm beginning May 4 through October 26
Admission:
$5 per person. Members and children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) free.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
This tour consists of a two-hour leisurely walk (approximately one mile) on paved roads as well as uneven terrain. Subjects covered include local history, famous people (including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass), horticulture, geology, architecture, symbolism, and more.

Twilight Tours
Every Thursday, May 8 through August 14 at 6:30 p.m. 
Admission:
$5 per person. Members and children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) free.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive. Parking inside cemetery.
These 75-minute tours will include topics covered on the general Sunday tour as well as new material.

Holiday Specials
Join us for our regular public north section tour on these holiday dates:
   Memorial Day: Monday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m.
   Independence Day: Friday, July 4 at 2:00 p.m.
   Labor Day: Monday, September 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission:
$5.00 per person. Members and children under 16 (when accompanied by an adult) free.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive.


ROCHESTER HISTORY SERIES

Part 1 -- In Death as in Life -- Institutional Plots
Saturday, June 21 at 11 a.m.
The stories behind many of Mount Hope's plots purchased by churches, schools, charitable organizations, veterans groups and other institutions.
Admission: $7 per person
Meet: Cemetery Office, South Entrance opposite The Distillery restaurant.

Part 2 -- Of the People, By the People, For the People
Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m.
Politics and government throughout Rochester's history.
Admission: $7 per person
Meet: Cemetery Office, South Entrance opposite The Distillery restaurant.


Part 3 -- History in Plain Sight
Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m.
Rochester's architects and builders.
Admission: $7 per person
Meet: Cemetery Office, South Entrance opposite The Distillery restaurant.

2014 THEME TOURS
All theme tours last approximately two hours.
Admission:
$7 per person. Free for members of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery and children under 16 (must be accompanied by an adult). Note: Payment by cash or check only.

Rochester's Prosperous and Penniless
Saturday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Meet:
Cemetery Office, South entrance
Tour guide: Patricia Corcoran
Stroll paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about the many notable families buried in beautiful mausoleums and artistic family plots.

Pioneers, Reformers & Heroes (Section G)
Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guide: Patricia Corcoran
Rochester was home to a number of major contributors in the shaping of early New York. Learn about their lives and the importance of their contributions.

The Revolutionary War
Saturday, August 9, 12:00 noon
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guides: R. Dreeson, S. Clarke, D. Carr
The American Revolution told through the lives of veterans buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. Covers action that took place in New York State.

The Ice Cream Tour
Saturday, August 16, 1:00 p.m.
Meet:
Cemetery Office, South entrance
Tour guide: Don Hall
Learn about one of Rochester's earliest businesses: the making and selling of ice cream.

Lost Secrets
Saturday, August 23, 12:30 p.m.
Meet:
Cemetery Office, South entrance
Tour guide: Professor Emil Homerin
An examination of symbols, inscriptions, and funerary art that expressed views of life, death, and immortality in the 19th century.

Susan B. Anthony & Women's Rights
Saturday, September 6, 10:00 a.m.

Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Victoria Schmitt
The women's rights movement as told through the lives of Susan B. Anthony and other Rochester suffragettes.

The Civil War Tour
Saturday, September 6, 1:30 p.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive.
Tour guide: Brian Bennett
The Civil War told against the backdrop of Mount Hope Cemetery with a focus on local involvement.

Geology at Mount Hope Cemetery
Saturday, September 13, 12:30 p.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guide: Bill Chaisson
Geologist Bill Chaisson will share the history of the Rochester terrain as it existed hundreds of years ago, in one of the only local places where it can be seen first hand.


Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem
Saturday, September 20, 12:30 p.m.
Meet:
Cemetery Office, South entrance opposite
Tour guide: Dennis Carr
Meet some of Mount Hope Cemetery's permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law.

Form, Function & Mount Hope Cemetery: Why Does It Look Like That?
Saturday, September 27, 1:00 p.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guide: Dennis Carr
The cemetery is a veritable museum of architecture, art & landscape design. Gain a comprehensive understanding of Rochester's design legacy.

Fall Foliage Tour
Saturday, October 18, 12:00 noon
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive.
Tour guide: Ed Olinger/Zak Steele
Enjoy the variety and beauty of Mount Hope Cemetery's trees in autumn.



GRAND TORCH LIGHT TOURS
Saturday Evening, October 18 & Tuesday Evening, October 21
The finale to the tour season, with a special tour path lighted by torches
Multiple time slots available each date, beginning at 6 p.m.
Admission: $8 in advance or $10 at the door on the day of the event.
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive. Note: No parking in the cemetery. Please park on Robinson Drive.
Check back for more information closer to the event.

2014 COMPLETED TOURS

WINTER TOURS
Four Saturdays at 1:00 PM -- January 18, February 15, March 15, and April 19

Meet: South cemetery entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite The Distillery restaurant.
Admission: $5/person. Free for FOMH members and children under age 16.
Tour Guide: Don Hall

These guided walking tours take place entirely on flat, paved and plowed roads. In addition to general information on the cemetery, the tour will include, among others, stops at the graves of George Washington's drummer boy, the man who inspired "Billy Pilgrim" in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, and James Vick, developer of Vick Park A and B off East Avenue. You'll also see the 1912 chapel and the cemetery's second tallest monument, erected in memory of Hartwell Carver by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Mother's Day Special
Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission:
FREE
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
This two-hour north section public tour is free to all on this special day. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cranks, Catalysts & Collisions with History -- Part A
Saturday, May 17, 12:30 p.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guide: Dennis Carr
A collection of people you probably never heard of who greatly influenced major events in American and global history.

The Bird Watcher Tour
Sunday, May 18, 8:00 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guides: June Summers & Joanne Mitchell
The early bird catches the worm! Yes, 8:00 am! Join Genesee Valley Audubon Society members as they seek out migratory birds visiting Mount Hope.


Zinc Monument Tour
Saturday, May 31, 11:00 a.m.
Meet:
Cemetery Office, South Entrance
Tour guide: Don Hall
Zinc "white bronze" grave markers hit their peak popularity around 1890. While no longer available today, they played a vital role in the evolution of grave markers.

Susan B. Anthony & Women's Rights
Saturday, May 31, 2:00 p.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guide: Victoria Schmitt
The women's rights movement as told through the lives of Susan B. Anthony and other Rochester suffragettes.

Horticulture Tour
Sunday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guide: Ed Olinger
Walk Rochester's greatest example of Romantic landscape design as your tour guide discusses Mount Hope's amazingly varied and interesting plant life. The importance of the renowned Ellwanger & Barry nursery will be highlighted.

Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem
Friday, June 13, 7:00 p.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guide: Dennis Carr
Meet some of Mount Hope Cemetery's permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law.

Rochester Baseball Pioneers
Saturday, June 14, 10:00 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour Guides: Rochester Baseball Historical Society
Learn about the first men who played baseball in Rochester and how the game evolved.

Jewish Roots
Sunday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.
Meet:
Cemetery Office, South entrance opposite The Distillery restaurant
Tour guide: Joel Elliot
Explore the enormous contribution of Rochester's Jewish community.

Rochester & the Legendary Erie Canal
Saturday, June 28, 11:00 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Drive
Tour guide: Nancy Uffindell
The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town, New York State the Empire State, and fueled westward expansion. Meet some of Mount Hope Cemetery's famous and less famous people and discover their important connections to this legendary waterway.