Theme tours focus on a particular topic and are led by tour guides with special expertise in that topic. This year we have a wide variety of fascinating tours, all listed in our 2021 Guided Walking Tours brochure available at the cemetery office and the gatehouse. Tickets for all tours are available online. Members can attend all tours free of charge, so this is a tremendous bargain.
This year we featured one “pop-up historian tour,” on June 19th. Pop Up tours are free – our gift to the community. Visitors are invited to stop in any time between 10 am and 2 pm to a designated part of the cemetery and hear fascinating stories at the gravesites of Mount Hope residents. Our Pop-Up historians bring history alive! We will continue to present Pop Up Historian tours in our 2022 season.
Another innovation is our ensemble tours. Tour goers will find ensemble tours fascinating and fun. Instead of one tour guide, there will be ten or so! Some will be people whom you recognize from other tours, and some will be new faces - tour apprentices who are studying to become tour guides. You will be part of a group and you will be escorted from one site to another, hearing stories at each stop. Some tour guides will show photos or visuals or artifacts to help you understand how the person buried at each gravesite contributed to early life in Rochester.
We hope that you will join us for our three upcoming ensemble tours, and let us know what you think about this kind of tour. We at the Friends of Mount Hope love your input. We are all about tours, tours, tours!
In addition to our public tour program, we have a variety of weekday tours to give all community members an opportunity to learn about Mount Hope Cemetery. Please contact us for more information.
- School Tours - Guided walking tours led by FOMH tour guides are available for all students from grades 4-12 at no cost. This includes home-schooled children.
- Guided tours are available for adult groups such as garden clubs, historical societies, and social groups.
- Van tours for seniors
- Private tours
- Walking tours for out-of-town commercial bus tourists
While Mount Hope Cemetery is not handicapped accessible, people with walking challenges can contact us to arrange a special tour.
We hope to see you at Mount Hope this season. Enjoy the beauty of this hallowed place, and learn about the incredible lives of our full-time residents!
You are all welcome. Mount Hope belongs to each of us!