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





2015 GUIDED WALKING TOURS

The Friends offer general guided walking tours each Sunday at 2 p.m., May 3 - November 1, plus special theme tours on additional dates. 

Visit the Tours page for details on theme tours as well as the complete tour schedule.


Special Tour Opportunity!
HISTORY IN PLAIN SIGHT

Tour Guide:
Dennis Carr
Meet: Cemetery Office, South Entrance opposite The Distillery restaurant
Admission: $7. Free for FOMH members and children under 16 accompanied by a paying adult.

Our daily routines take us past buildings, parks, monuments and a wide variety of architecture from the vernacular to significant architectural masterpieces. These represent the history and culture of Rochester and western New York. Mount Hope Cemetery is the best classroom to study this "history in plain sight." This tour will include buildings and monuments within the cemetery, the graves of architects and builders, highlighting their contributions to the built environment of our region, and the significant landscape architecture of our parks--and the cemetery.


NOTE:
Those who join this Rochester History tour will have a rare opportunity to see the interior of both of Mount Hope's historic chapels, which have been closed to the public for some time.



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


FRIENDS OF MOUNT HOPE GIFT SHOP
Visit our Gift Shop to learn about books and posters available from the Friends.


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