The mission of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery is to optimize the cemetery's potential as a cultural resource through education, preservation and promotion of Mount Hope Cemetery's unique heritage.

Dedicated in 1838 in Rochester NY, Mount Hope is America's first municipal Victorian cemetery.

Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery features more than 80 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves across 196 acres.

Mount Hope Cemetery is listed in:

    •    Mount Hope/Highland Preservation District, Rochester, NY
    •    New York State Register of Historic Places
    •    National Register of Historic Places
    •    National Park Services National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
    •    Erie Canalway National Corridor, as an Affiliate Site

and is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and a historic site on Rochester's portion of the Genesee Riverway Trail.

Please address mail correspondence to:
Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery
P.O. Box 18713
Rochester, NY 14618-0713

Please note:
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Come explore the opportunities!

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER!   Please join us on Sunday, April 22
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

(Drop in anytime)

Gate House at North Cemetery Entrance
791 Mt. Hope Ave.,
opposite Robinson Dr.

Volunteer staff will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss training, and show you around.

Visit the EVENTS PAGE for more information.

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year.
Regular Sunday tours resume on April 29, 2018 and run through October 28.

In the meantime, enjoy monthly Winter and Spring tours at the south end of the cemetery on flat, well-plowed roads as listed on our
Tours Page.

image of snowdropsSPRING TOUR
Saturday, April 28 at 11AM
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery Restaurant
Tour Guide: Cam Tran
more information...

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Click on Genealogical Services to find request forms and information about  assistance offered by Friends volunteers.