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.


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






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2018 GUIDED WALKING TOURS
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The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year.

For more information about General Tours as well as a host of intriguing special Theme Tours, visit the 
TOURS Page.
 

Join us for these upcoming Theme Tours:

HOME TO THE PROSPEROUS AND PENNILESS
Saturday, June 23
at 11 a.m.

Tour Guide: Cam Tran

Meet: South Entrance (opposite The Distillery restaurant)

Admission:  $10 per person; free for members, and for children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.
CASH/CHECK ONLY for tours that begin at the South Entrance.

This tour will start with a leisurely stroll down Grove Avenue, a prestigious picturesque street separating the north and south parts of the cemetery. Buried on either side of this street are the richest and the poorest Rochesterians—millionaires residing in regal mausoleums and homeless, destitute people buried in poor lots. All lie as neighbors and all have fascinating stories. The history of Rochester becomes alive through the stories of these people.
 
This tour is on a flat, paved surface, and is accessible for people with mobility challenges and wheelchairs.

Cam Tran (shown above), board member of the Friends of Mount Hope cemetery, will lead the tour. Photo by Don Hall.


JEWISH ROOTS IN ROCHESTER
Sunday, June 24 at 11 a.m.
Tour Guide: Nancy Kraus
Meet: South Entrance (opposite The Distillery restaurant)

Admission:  $10 per person; free for members, and for children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. CASH/CHECK ONLY for tours that begin at the South Entrance.

Nancy Kraus will lead a walking tour of Mount Hope Cemetery exploring the history and contributions of Rochester's Jewish community over the last century. 

The two-hour tour will take walkers through many of the Jewish portions of Mt. Hope Cemetery pointing out notable gravesites that highlight how the Jewish Community grew since Mt. Hope was first established.

Nancy Kraus' family has lived in Rochester for 115 years. Many of her relatives are buried in the Jewish sections of Mount Hope Cemetery. She heard stories about old Jewish Rochester during her childhood and maintains an interest in Jewish Rochester History. Nancy is a retired children's librarian and currently teaches at Temple Sinai. She is also a practicing fiber artist. 



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