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, New York
    •    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.

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery have been named a Preserve America Steward. This designation is granted by First Lady Michelle Obama to not-for-profit organizations committed to caring for America's cultural heritage.



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







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NEW PUBLICATION

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery announce the publication of a new book by author and Friends Trustee Richard O. Reisem:

MYRON HOLLEY
Canal Builder/Abolitionist/
Unsung Hero


Click Myron Holley 
for more information about the book and order instructions.



2014 TOURS AND EVENTS

The 2014 season of guided walking tours continues through Sunday, October 26. To see the complete schedule, visit the TOURS page.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission Payment by Cash or Check Only.

UPCOMING THEME TOURS 
"Susan B. Anthony & Women's Rights (September 6), "The Civil War Tour" (September 6), "Geology at Mount Hope Cemetery" (September 13).
Visit the Tours Page for more information about these and other upcoming tours.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL
The regular public north section tour will be offered on Labor Day, Monday, September 1 at 2:00 p.m.



TREE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
Fall 2013
Please click on Mount Hope Tree Management to read about the fall 2013 removal of cemetery trees and the careful planning that preceded it.


GENEALOGICAL SERVICES
For request forms and information on genealogical services offered by Friends volunteers, click here.