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PUBLIC TOURS

The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offer general and special-theme guided walking tours throughout the year. Regular Sunday tours resume on April 28, 2018 and run through October 28.

NOTE:
 
Nearly all Friends' tours and activities are free to members. Visit the Membership page and join today!


TOUR GUIDELINES:
Please note that Mount Hope Cemetery is a natural terrain, and tours are not always kept to paved paths. There is often walking in grass, dirt paths, and some hills, particularly in the north end. We recommend comfortable walking shoes -- not open sandals. If you have any questions or doubts about the particular tour you'd like to take, please call ahead for more details.

FOMH TOUR LINE:  (585) 461-3494



2018 GENERAL TOURS

Public Tours: North Section
Sundays at 2 p.m.
April 29 - October 28

Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Admission: $5 per person. Free for members and children under 16 who are accompanied by a paying adult. CASH/CHECK/CREDIT CARDS.

This foundational tour is a two-hour walk of approximately one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. This overview includes the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, as well as topics of local history, horticulture, geology, architecture, monument symbolism, and more.

Twilight Tours -- Twilight Tours have ended for this season.




2018 THEME TOURS

Admission: $10 per person. Free for members and children under 16 who are accompanied by a paying adult. CASH/CHECK/CREDIT CARDS for tours that begin at the North (Gatehouse) Entrance. CASH/CHECK ONLY for tours that begin at the South Entrance.

GEOLOGY OF MT. HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, September 29 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: U of R Professor Rory Cottrell
A geologist leads this fascinating tour revealing how the glaciers formed the dramatic landscape of Mt. Hope, thousands of years ago.

Special Free Event
LEWIS HENRY MORGAN AND FRIENDS OF THE PUNDIT CLUB
Presented by the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery and the Anthropology Dept. of the University of Rochester
Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Admission: FREE to all.
For full description, visit the Events Page.


Saturday, September 29 at 11 a.m.ROCHESTER AND THE PROGRESSIVE ERA
Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Rochester expanded rapidly during the Progressive Era in the early 20th century. This period of "fierce discontent" and reform was particularly evident in Rochester, and the Progressives buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery led movements felt far beyond Western New York.

A PROUD TRADITION: FIRES, FIREFIGHTERS AND THE ROCHESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
For 200 years, from the Night Watch to the RFD, Rochester has been protected by a dedicated and selfless fire service. Mt. Hope Cemetery now protects the heritage and memory of those who served.

MISCHIEF, MURDER, AND MAYHEM
Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Repeat presentation of this popular tour (July 14)


DISCOVER RIVERSIDE CEMETERY: 125 YEARS OF HISTORY!
Sunday, October 21 at 1 p.m.
Meet: Entrance to Riverside Cemetery, 2650 Lake Ave., Rochester, NY 14612

Tour Guides: Cynthia Howk of the Landmark Society and Joanne Mitchell
This new tour will explore Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1892 to serve the growing population in the northern part of the city. Situated on 123 acres of land that borders the west bank of the Genesee River, it is the permanent resting place of 250,000 Rochesterians.

FALL FOLIAGE AT MT. HOPE
Saturday, October 27 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Zak Steele/Ed Olinger
Enjoy the beauty of Mt. Hope Cemetery's historic trees and flora in the fall, revealed by landscape architects who can identify and explain the vast variety.



OCTOBER GRAND TORCH LIGHT TOURS
Our popular annual after-dark tours!


Saturday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, October 9
Groups go out every 15 minutes, beginning at sunset.


Guides will take you to unique stops and share stories from Rochester's history, by moonlight and torchlight.

Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive.
Advance Tickets:
$10. Available at Wegmans (NOTE: You must select a start time for your tour when you purchase your ticket.)
 
Tickets purchased at the door: $12.

This is an adult-only event -- not appropriate for children under 14.

RAIN OR SHINE  --  ALL SALES FINAL  --  NO PARKING IN THE CEMETERY 
On-street parking available on Robinson Drive and other neighborhood streets