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Mount Hope Cemetery

1133 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2950
+1 585-428-7999
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A cemetery for the living!

What a beautiful old cemetery, the first of this type, with winding roads and walking paths. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Talkeetna, Alaska
History at your finger tips

Historic, scenic and relaxing environment in the heart of the city. Guided tours are scheduled it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rochester, New York
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Mount Hope, dedicated in 1838, is America's first municipal Victorian Cemetery. Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery contains priceless pieces of art and rare horticultural specimens. It is the final resting place of many dignified and internationally known individuals, including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and is on the National Park Services National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Mount Hope is listed in the New York State Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places as part of the Mt. Hope/Highland Preservation District, featuring 83 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in the Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, a Victorian Gothic gatehouse, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves across 196 acres.
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  • Average2%
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1133 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2950
+1 585-428-7999
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful old cemetery, the first of this type, with winding roads and walking paths. The gravesites, statues and landscaping are all interesting, but the best part is the way people today are using it for walks, exercise (we saw a yoga class outside...More

Thank Ontheroadsince64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Historic, scenic and relaxing environment in the heart of the city. Guided tours are scheduled it you can simply take a liesurly walk, bike ride, drive or run through the hilly landscape.

Thank whitingb
Reviewed 22 December 2017

I walk here routinely with a friend and recently we invited another long term Rochesterian who had never been. She was impressed with the beauty, uniqueness and peace of walking here.

Thank Marilee3420
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Peaceful quiet and the trip here was unforgettable. Aside from all the other stoners, it was a journey like no other. This is one place you are likely to spend an eternity.

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Toured the cemetery with an 8th grade class and I have to be really honest: so much more interesting and nostalgic than I ever thought it would be. So much history at Mt. Hope and I never knew it. The tour guide was outstanding and...More

Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 8 December 2017

This nationally recognized landmark is a must for any history or cemetery enthusiast. "Mausoleum Row" is one of my favorite areas. Elegant structures in granite line up to be enjoyed.

Thank Bob_and_friends-2014
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I found myself taking a shortcut through the cemetery and then spent an extra hour exploring the great paths and very interesting people laid to rest here. It certainly isn't something I've ever done before, but as a prior reviewer mentioned - truly a hidden...More

Thank wade17
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Mount Hope is a must visit when in Rochester. It is an historical gem, with people from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to WWII to current conflicts buried there, to the founders of Bausch and Lomb, to Frederick Douglas and Susan B Anthony....More

Thank flntny
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Mt Hope Cemetery is all that it is rumored to be. A Victorian Age Cemetery that is more park than graveyard. When you walk in the old section, you are usually only one of a few people in the acres of stones. It can be...More

Thank 545R0bert_P
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

I approach the dead with reverence and enjoy the peaceful setting for prayer and reflection . Too many of my friends have joined the deceased before their lives were fully realized , so I feel the need to pray for grace .

Thank Ava C
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Barbara C
27 September 2017|
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Response from MJS922 | Reviewed this property |
My apologizes I just saw this question. Mount Hope conducts tours on Saturdays from April to October. I don’t think they have them in Sunday’s Because the office is closed on Sundays. They do have evening tours in October... More
Jane B
23 June 2016|
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Response from maureenm248 | Reviewed this property |
Probably in most areas~but would suggest caution. Some of the best monuments need you to walk on grassy areas to be seen.
20 December 2015|
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Response from Joyce J | Reviewed this property |
Check with office and ask if a docent is agailable, it's worth it to get geography and historical info. One crypt has Tiffany windows.