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The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery
is a non-profit organization of volunteers founded in 1980 to restore, preserve, and encourage public use and enjoyment of this unique historical treasure. We have a wealth of resources available to help you learn about our community as reflected in the lives of those who chose Mount Hope Cemetery as their final resting place. Susan B. Anthony and her family, Frederick Douglass and family, Isaac and Amy Post, John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb (of Bausch and Lomb eyewear fame), Emily Sibley Watson, Margaret Woodbury Strong, and Reverend Thomas James are all here (to name a few), and they have much to tell us about the growing pains our nation continues to experience: issues of human rights, commerce, the power of government and the responsibility of the governed.

The Friends have been instrumental in completing a number of improvements throughout the cemetery. Projects include the restoration of the 1872 Moorish gazebo, upgrades to the 1874 High Victorian Gothic gatehouse, repair and restoration of gravestones in the SB Anthony section as well as contiguous areas, and the repair and cleaning of iconic monuments. Each year new important restoration projects are organized.

The Landscape Committee maintains common gardens throughout the cemetery.

The tour program is one of the most well known activities of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. Each year from May through October, knowledgeable guides conduct public tours of the cemetery's north section on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Weekly theme tours are also offered throughout the tour season.  Admission to public and theme tours is $12/person. Special tours are available for schools and other organizations.

We welcome new members. Membership entitles you to receive our newsletter, Epitaph, with outstanding articles on cemetery history and news of the Friends. Members also receive free tour admission. It is through annual membership fees, donations and the generous contributions of volunteers that we are able to support the many projects of the Friends.

A free pocket guide including a map of Mount Hope Cemetery is available at the cemetery office (1133 Mount Hope Avenue) and gatehouse (791 Mount Hope Avenue). The gatehouse, headquarters of the Friends, is open to the public when tours are scheduled.