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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 begin in May and continue through October. Special Winter and Spring tours are also offered.

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. General and Theme Tours typically take 90 minutes. Twilight Tours are approximately 75 minutes long.

FOMH TOUR LINE:  (585) 461-3494
          ONLINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS


2019 GENERAL TOURS        $10 per person -- FREE for Members

These tours are free to SNAP recipients, and to children under age 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.

Tour fees and memberships directly fund the restoration and preservation projects of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery -- Thank you!


gatehouse at north entrancePublic Tours -- North Section
Sundays at 2:00 PM
April 28 through October 27
Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive

NOTE:
The Friends of Mount Hope are offering ASL interpreted tours June 2, July 7, and September 29. These are the general tours on Sunday at 2pm with the addition of several sites that are important to Rochester's rich Deaf history/heritage.




Twilight Tours
Thursdays at 7:00 PM
May 9 through August 8

Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
These 75-minute tours include some topics covered on Sunday North Section tours as well as new material, on an alternative route in the North Section.

Thursdays at 6:30 PM
August 15 and 22

Meet: North Gatehouse, opposite Robinson Drive
These 75-minute tours include some topics covered on Sunday North Section tours as well as new material, on an alternative route in the North Section.


Holiday Tours
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.                  
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr   
       
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Saturday, May 25 at 11:00 AM

INDEPENDENCE DAY
Thursday, July 4 at 7:00 PM

LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, September 1 at 2:00 PM


2019 THEME TOURS             $10 per person -- FREE for Members

Beyond These Gates book jacket
FREE AT LAST

Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 AM
Meet: South Entrance, opposite the Distillery restaurant
Tour Guides: Verdis L. Robinson and Marilyn Nolte, co-authors of Beyond These Gates: Mountains of Hope in Rochester's African-American History

The lives of Black Rochesterians, many recently discovered in Mount Hope, who influenced Rochester history.



ABOLITIONISTS AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 AM

Meet: North Gatehouse Entrance, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr

Frederick Douglass and many other Rochester citizens kept the Freedom Seekers moving northward through their secret network.   

SEEKING THE CURE: THE MEDICAL HERITAGE OF MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, July 27, 11 am          
                              
Meet: North Gatehouse Entrance, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr  
                                                        
From the early 19th century to the present, Rochester has been on the leading edge of health care, and Mt. Hope is the final home of many of these innovators and national leaders in medicine and public health.

CRYPTS, VAULTS, AND TEMPLES
Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 AM

Meet: North Gatehouse, across from Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Chris Grooms

Explore the various architectural styles of the mausoleums in the North section of the cemetery and learn the stories of those entombed within. Many of the mausoleums showcased on this new tour are not often featured on the general tours.

Beyond These Gates book jacket
FREE AT LAST --
Repeat presentation of this popular tour (July 13) 
Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 AM

Meet: South Entrance, opposite the Distillery Rest.
Tour Guides: Verdis L. Robinson and Marilyn Nolte, co-authors of Beyond These Gates: Mountains of Hope in Rochester's African-American History
The lives of Black Rochesterians, many recently discovered in Mount Hope, who influenced Rochester history.



UNDERTAKERS, WAKES, & TEARS: MOURNING RITUALS IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA

Saturday, August 17 at 11:00 AM  

Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Deb Coffey

This new tour explores the Victorians' view of death and their expressions of grief through socially expected rituals and customs.  The tour includes: the "Good Death," wakes & funerals, mourning etiquette & clothing, gravestone symbolism, epitaphs.

THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Saturday, August 24, 11:00 AM

Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guides: Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, and Dennis Carr

The American Revolution told through the lives of veterans within Mt. Hope.                

ZINC MONUMENT TOUR

Saturday, August 31 at 11:00 AM
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Tony Filer

Zinc "white bronze" grave markers hit their peak popularity around 1890 and were phased out by 1915. They played a vital role in the evolution of grave markers. Come explore Mt. Hope's collection.
                                      
LABOR DAY AT MOUNT HOPE
Sunday, September 1 at 2:00 PM
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr

A commemoration of the people and organizations that built Rochester and its economic base, and ensured a fair deal for the average citizen.

ROCHESTER'S GILDED AGE
Saturday, September 7 at 11:00 AM

Meet: North Gatehouse, across from Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Sally Millick

East Avenue was the home of many wealthy and notable residents, who now reside at Mt. Hope. Hear their stories, and about their grand mansions: some standing, some lost.

Special All-Day Event!
THE GEOGRAPHY OF MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, September 14, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: MCC Professor Michael Boester

Mt. Hope Cemetery is an evolving cultural landscape. This extensive tour will explore the physical and cultural geography of the cemetery, explaining its evolution from America's first municipally-owned Victorian cemetery, to fulfilling today's trends in natural burials and cremations.
Admission: $40 for all-day tour. $30 for members.
Registration is required and space is limited. Please use the CONTACT US tab at the top right of this page to register.
Half-hour break for lunch – bring your own, or order on day of the tour (cash only).

Lewis Henry Morgan PortraitLEWIS HENRY MORGAN AND THE PUNDIT CLUB
Saturday, September 21 at 11:00 AM

Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guides:  FOMH tour guides

In mid-nineteenth century Rochester, economic growth and development spurred professional men to seek self-cultivation through literary fraternities and clubs. Lewis Henry Morgan, the father of cultural anthropology, was a prominent member of the "pundit club."  You will meet many of these club members in this tour and learn about their interesting intellectual legacy,

GEOLOGY OF MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, September 28 at 11:00 AM

Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: U of R Scientist  Rory Cottrell

A geologist leads this fascinating tour revealing the hidden Earth history in the dramatic glacial landscape of Mount Hope.

ROADS LESS TRAVELED BY
Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 AM
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Joanne Mitchell

Meet 19th century Rochesterians – pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs and heroes – in sections not often visited on other Mount Hope tours.

torch light tour logoOur Popular Annual After-Dark Tours!
GRAND TORCH LIGHT TOURS
Saturday, Oct. 5 & Tuesday, Oct. 8

Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
NO PARKING IN CEMETERY – Park on Robinson Drive or on neighborhood streets
Guides will take you to unique stops and share stories from Rochester's history, by moonlight and torchlight.
Groups go out every 15 minutes, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Ticket prices $15 in advance, $20 at door
 

ARCHITECTURE & ARCHITECTS: HISTORY IN PLAIN SIGHT

Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 AM

Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr  

This tour of Mount Hope Cemetery is a walk through the past 200 years of our region's architectural history. You will leave with a new appreciation for the buildings you see throughout your own community!

RIVERSIDE RAMBLE: MORE HISTORY, SCENERY, & STORIES
Sunday, October 13 at 1:00 PM

Meet: Entrance to Riverside Cemetery,  2650 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612
Tour Guides:  Cynthia Howk and Joanne Mitchell

This tour continues our exploration of the city's historic Riverside Cemetery, established in 1892 overlooking the Genesee River gorge. We'll visit the eastern half of the cemetery and discover its social, cultural and landscape history amidst an autumnal setting.

MISCHIEF, MURDER AND MAYHEM
Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 AM
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr  

Meet some permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law, or whose lives met unfortunate or grisly ends.     
           
brilliant fall foliageFALL FOLIAGE AT MOUNT HOPE
Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 AM
Meet: North Gatehouse opposite Robinson Dr.
Tour Guide: Zak Steele/Ed Olinger

Experience Mount Hope Cemetery's changes as its foliage dons its beautiful fall overcoat.