You'll find links to a three-part tour of Mount Hope's trees, plus our "Mount Hope Moments" -- digital vignettes based on research into Mount Hope's rich cultural history.

New Videos:


Visit our Online Programs Page to find links to all of the Friends online initiatives, including presentations recorded at the Rochester Public Library, available on the Central Libary's YouTube channel.


brilliant red maple

Interested in Mount Hope Cemetery's trees?

Hop on the plantsmap website ( -- a website that hosts botanical collections) and search "fomh".  Then navigate to different plants and collections  identified in the cemetery. more..

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

erie canalway partner logo


Please note:
When using the CONTACT US feature, the words CONTACT US must be the only words used in the subject line.

Visit our CALENDAR for a quick scan of upcoming tours and events.

See how you can help restore Mount Hope through our SAVE A STONE project.


ROC The Day logo

neglected cradle graveIn spring 2020, President Pat Corcoran led an effort to uncover neglected cradle graves throughout Mount Hope Cemetery and find volunteers who would restore the gardens.

 Many of the graves were in disarray and needed to be rebuilt from scratch to ensure that they would be safe for gardeners to work in.

planted cradle gravesSome of these graves were repaired by talented volunteers, and some more challenging graves needed to be repaired professionally. FOMH restoration funds from 2019 allowed us to repair the cradle graves that needed professional restoration.

plantted cradle gravesWith the help of over 100 volunteers this summer, 80 cradle graves were planted with flowers and tended throughout the long hot summer. These pops of color truly enhanced the experience of visitors who walked through the cemetery in the spring and summer when being outdoors was one of the few recreational activities we could safely pursue.

cradle graves to be restoredAs the Friends have pursued our restoration activities over the summer, a number of new cradle graves have been found. Many are in a sad state of repair and need extensive restoration to have them ready for "adoption" by our volunteers in 2021.

ROC the Day funds raised this year will allow us to repair many cradle graves so that we can accommodate the long list of volunteers on our waiting list who are eager to contribute to this effort.

On December 1st, click on this link to GIVE to support this project.

Bluebird photoREPORT ON OUR
We always look forward to the annual report sent by Sheryl Gracewski on our bluebird project. She and her team of volunteers do this vital work every year.

snow on bluebird house"We didn't check the boxes as often this year as we did in past years, so the numbers are more approximate. There were 5-6 successful bluebird broods nesting in our 13 boxes, each yielding 3-5 fledglings. This is the average over the last 14 years and similar to last year, but only half of the peak of 10. We had approximately 2 successful chickadee broods and 4 successful house wren broods, both down slightly from last year.
We are delighted that a flying squirrel is continuing to use one of our boxes for nesting. There were 2 flying squirrels in the box in October, so we didn't clean out the box when we winterized all of the other boxes.
We didn't see any activity at the old red-tailed hawk nest this year, but we did find a new red- tailed hawk nest in the southeast corner of the cemetery. We enjoyed great views of the newly fledged young hawks in the spring.
bluebird on flowering branchThis is the first year of the 2020-2024 New York Breeding Bird Atlas, so we entered all the breeding behaviors we witnessed in the Mt. Hope Cemetery into the atlas portal. Unfortunately, both longitude and latitude block boundaries pass through the region of the cemetery containing our bluebird boxes, so we had to enter data for 4 different blocks. We hope to determine whether screech owls are using any of the owl boxes that were erected in the cemetery, so that we can enter owl data into the Breeding Bird Atlas. However, first we need to locate the boxes. We have found a few, but if you know the locations of any of the boxes, please pass this data on to us." 

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

Visit our 
DONATIONS PAGE to see how you can benefit the Friends each time you make a purchase through Amazon.