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 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 are currently in the midst of this ambitious restoration project. Stop by and watch our workers repairing stones in one of the oldest sections of Mount Hope.
Landscape volunteers raked and cleared this area in preparation for the gravestone work to begin.
2. Landscape Volunteers
Our many landscape volunteers, led by Tom Jones, Chris Petote, 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.
3. 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. Currently we have just finished repairing and cleaning the Myers stone and are in the middle of having the Lillian Wald Family stones cleaned.
4. Fencing around B’rith Kodesh Plot in Section O
Victorian fencing is installed and marks the end of the B’rith Kodesh Project. Dedication of this area will be held on June 13th at 1 pm.
5. Cleaning Stones
- June 13: 10 am to 11:30 am
- June 27: 10 am to 11:30 am
- July 11: 10 am to 11:30 am
- July 25: 10 am to 11:30 am
- August 8: 10 am to 11:30 am
- 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
6. These activities will begin later in the season:
- Cleaning of Civil War Monument
- Installation of Amy Post historic marker
- Section B restoration
- Installation of fencing on Susan B. Anthony Hill and around her grave.