Restoration is one of the 2 major activities of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. This initiative is supported by funds from membership, donations, and grants. Being a totally volunteer organization, 80% of FOMH revenue in 2020 was used for cemetery restoration.
2021 is the third and final year of a project to repair all the gravestones in areas contiguous to the Susan B. Anthony gravesite. This year’s work is focused on Sections A and B, which will complete this project.
Restoration Projects for 2021
1. Section B Restoration
Work is being done currently on Section B restoration. This project is financed by the Friends of Mount Hope Restoration Fund plus a generous donation of $5000 for historic restoration from Colleen Crowley and Jack Martin of Palm Springs, CA.
2. Section A Restoration
Thanks to donations from 141 of our members, we were able to raise the $14,800 required to repair 148 broken or fallen gravestones in this area. We have completed this ambitious restoration project. Stop by and enjoy a totally restored area complements of the generosity of our donors.
3. Landscape Volunteers
Our many landscape volunteers, led by Tom Jones, Chris Petote, David Krotz, and Tony Filer, work in collaboration with the City of Rochester to work on projects which are suggested in the City’s Master Plan. Every week during all seasons our teams are hard at work. The City’s 2nd Saturday Program of volunteers is operated by the FOMH.
Removing invasive species such as Russian Olive trees is one of the projects of the Friends. We clean out cradle graves, rake, and respond to any needs specified by the cemetery manager. We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of volunteers, and new volunteers are always welcome.
4. Save a Stone Project
Often members or citizens volunteer to pay to have our experts professionally repair or clean a gravestone. We welcome their enthusiasm and generosity. Communicate with us via “Contact us” for further information about this opportunity.
5. Fencing around B’rith Kodesh Plot in Section O
Victorian fencing was installed and marked the end of the B’rith Kodesh Project. Dedication of this area was held on June 13th, 2021.
6. Cleaning Stones
- August 22: 10 am to 11:30 am
- Sept 5: 10 am to 11:30 am
- Sept 19: 10 am to 11:30 am
- Oct 3: 10 am to 11:30 am
- Oct 17: 10 am to 11:30 am
If you are looking for an opportunity to work outside with a wonderful group of people making a big difference, come and join our stone cleaning crew. Contact Valerie O'Hara at [email protected].
7. These activities will begin later in the season:
- Installation of Amy Post historic marker
- Installation of fencing on Susan B. Anthony Hill and around her grave.
Featured Restoration Projects
June 13th, 2021, marked the Rededication of the B’rith Kodesh plot in Mount Hope Cemetery. This joyous occasion marked the completion of the 3-year FOMH project to restore this sacred […]Read More