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Mount Hope Cemetery

1133 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2950
+1 585-428-7999
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Historical Gem in our midst

Mount Hope is a must visit when in Rochester. It is an historical gem, with people from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sw fl
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Cemetery walk/bike

Mt Hope Cemetery is all that it is rumored to be. A Victorian Age Cemetery that is more park than... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1133 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620-2950
+1 585-428-7999
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For a small fee you can take a wonderful walking tour of the cemetery always under a different theme. It's beautiful grounds and so much history to be discovered!

Thank FoxJT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this past weekend on a fall foliage tour by the Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery. It was a fascinating 90 minute walk through a small section of the historic Victorian cemetery. We saw a wide variety of historically significant trees, from beech and...More

Thank dcr1837
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a guided tour by Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery. It was very interesting. The cemetery is in an area carved out by glaciers so on the north end is very hilly. Besides the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas, many others...More

Thank KarE763
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Any time of the year is the best time of year to visit this historic and beautiful cemetery. With famous names hidden away in all corners, rolling hills, beautiful trees, cobblestone roads and more, this is a perfect place for a hike or quiet reflection.

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful large cemetery. I recommend you take a walk or run through it. There are guided tours as well.

Thank Anita L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting stone carvings, bucolic setting, historic figures and military sites made this an interesting drive.

Thank HappyGirl1001
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Mt Hope Cemetery was America's first municipally owned cemetery and soon became the most fashionable place to hang up your hat at the end of a productive life for Rochester's early leaders. Built on an interesting geological formation along the Genesee River there are plenty...More

Thank mbush1
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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.