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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.

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



PRE-SEASON WINTER/SPRING TOURS
Enjoy a 60 to 90-minute (depending on weather) guided walking tour of the south end of the cemetery on flat, paved roads.

Each tour meets: South Cemetery Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite the Distillery Restaurant. Park on cemetery roads, but please not in front of the cemetery office.
Admission: $5 per person. Free for
children under 16 with an adult. Free for FOMH Members.
NOTE:  Nearly all Friends' tours and activities are free to members. Visit the Membership page and join today!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 11:00 AM
Tour Guide: Joanne Mitchell


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 11:00 AM
Tour Guide: Don Hall

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 11:00 AM
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 11:00 AM
Tour Guide: Cam Tran


On these tours, visitors will learn about cemetery residents in the former prehistoric lake section -- people such as George Washington's drummer boy; the founder of Gannett News; the man who invented the 42-long suit (men's suits in pre-made sizes); two sisters who were in the first class of women in the University of Rochester; and Rufus Sibley, of Sibley, Lindsay and Curr Department Store. Guests will enjoy the "new" chapel, now 106 years old; the largest mausoleum in the cemetery; a huge grave marker by Tiffany Studios; and a monument made from zinc, not stone.

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 ONLY. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

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
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
May 10 - August 9

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 ONLY. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

This 75-minute tour includes some topics covered on Sunday North Section tours as well as new material, on an alternate route of the North Section.


2018 THEME TOURS

Admission: $10 per person. Free for members and children under 16 who are accompanied by a paying adult. CASH/CHECK ONLY. We do not accept credit cards at this time.

FORM AND FUNCTION AND MT. HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m.

Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
What is the history of the cemetery itself -- its origins, design, and layout? Find out on this tour that looks at Mt. Hope through a unique lens.

THE BIRD WATCHER TOUR
Sunday, May 20 at 8 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Audubon Society and Joanne Mitchell
The early bird catches the worm -- Yes, 8 am! Join the Genesee Valley Audubon Society members as they seek out migratory birds.

MEMORIAL DAY
Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
From the Revolution to today, a remembrance of those who gave their last full measure.


BATTER UP! ROCHESTER'S BASEBALL PIONEERS
Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guides: Rochester Baseball Historical Society, Tony Brancato and Richard Astifan
The unique history of baseball in Rochester, as told through the lives of early Rochesterians who played the game. Learn how baseball and its rules have changed over time.

ERIE CANAL I: BASINS AND BUILDERS
Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guide: Nancy Uffindell
The Erie Canal made Rochester a boom town and had national impact. Meet famous and less-famous people and their connections to this legendary waterway.

ZINC MONUMENT TOUR
Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guide: Don Hall
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.

HOME TO THE PROSPEROUS AND PENNILESS
Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m.
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Cam Tran
Stroll Mt. Hope's paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue
. Learn about residents of great wealth and status, and those who had little in life but left a mark nonetheless.

JEWISH ROOTS IN ROCHESTER
Sunday, June 24 at 11 a.m.
Meet: South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Nancy Kraus
Explore the history and enormous contributions of Rochester's Jewish community.

ERIE CANAL II: BOATYARDS AND BUSINESSMEN
Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guide: Nancy Uffiindell
This tour is Part II of the Erie Canal story. Part I is on June 9th. Hear fascinating stories about the impact of the Erie Canal on life in Rochester!

FREE AT LAST
Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guide: Verdis L. Robinson, Professor of History, MCC and currently on assignment as National Director, The Democracy Commitment, in Washington, D.C.
Learn about the lives of Black Rochesterians, many recently discovered in Mount Hope, who influenced Rochester history.

MISCHIEF, MURDER, AND MAYHEM
Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guide: Dennis Carr
Meet some permanent residents of Mount Hope who bent, broke, or enforced the law, or whose lives met unfortunate or grisly ends.

ABOLITIONISTS AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Frederick Douglass and many other Rochester citizens kept the Freedom Seekers moving northward through their secret network.

FREE AT LAST
Saturday, August 4 at 11 a.m.
Meet: North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.

Tour Guide: Verdis L. Robinson, Professor of History, MC and currently on assignment as National Director, The Democracy Commitment, in Washington, D.C.
Repeat presentation of this popular tour (July 7).

THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Saturday, August 11 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, and Dennis Carr
The American Revolution revealed through the lives of veterans within Mt. Hope, featuring music provided by members of the Towpath Fife and Drum Corps!

THE ICE CREAM TOUR
Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Don Hall
Learn about the making and selling of ice cream and other sundries -- one of Rochester's earliest businesses -- and be treated to a dish of special ice cream!


SEEKING THE CURE: THE MEDICAL HERITAGE OF MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY
Saturday, August 25 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
South Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant. Parking available within the cemetery.
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.


GLORIOUS SECTION G: PIONEERS, REFORMERS, AND HEROES
Saturday, September 1 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Patricia Corcoran
Rochester was home to a number of major contributors to the shaping of early New York, many of whom rest in this prestigious area.

THE QUEST FOR WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE AND EQUALITY
Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Sally Millick
Follow the steps of Susan B. Anthony that led to our 19th Amendment, and meet many other trailblazing women along the way.

ROADS LESS TRAVELED BY
Saturday, September 22 at 11 a.m.
Meet:
North Gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Tour Guide: Joanne Mitchell
Meet 19th century Rochesterians -- pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs and heroes -- in sections not often visited on other Mt. Hope tours.

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.

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.