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

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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 

Please join us for our next Theme Tour:


Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m.
Meet: South Entrance (opposite Distillery Restaurant)
Admission:* $10 per person. Free for members and children under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.
Tour Guide: Don Hall

Learn about the making and selling of ice cream and other sundries - one of the earliest businesses in Rochester. In addition, you will be treated to a dish of special ice cream at the conclusion of the tour.

Don Hall is our tour guide. Don has been leading tours for over 30 years and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Mount Hope.

*Note: Payment by cash or check only for tours that begin at the cemetery's south entrance.


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