Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester
Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester - Address, Phone Number
Address: 1133 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 07:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
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About Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester
This beautiful cemetery is rather important for multiple reasons. For one, notable dignitaries such as Frederick Douglass, General E.G. Marshall, Margaret Woodbury Strong and Susan B Anthony have been laid to rest here. This was also USA’s first municipal cemetery. Its 350,000 graves have unusual groupings - veterans of specific wars, firefighters, Jews who passed away in poverty and so on. Geologically, it’s thought that that the land was covered in ice two miles thick about 12-14000 years ago. The left a remnant trail knowns as esker, today called the Indian Trail Avenue. As you walk through, check out the rather striking mausoleums and monuments - obelisks, temples, towers and statues. See the 1908 Civil War monument, the Defenders of the Flag. There is also an old catacomb system within the cemetery grounds. Over the course of the year the The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery organise various themed and general guided tours.
Mount Hope Cemetery Information
- Guided tours meeting point (may be subject to change): South Cemetery Entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite the Distillery restaurant.
- Permits are needed for professional photography and videography.
Mount Hope Cemetery Ticket Prices
- Guided Walking Tours: $5. Free for under 16.
Mount Hope Cemetery Opening and Closing Hours
- Monday - Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm
- Saturday: 9:00am to 12:00pm
- Closed on Sunday.
How To reach Mount Hope Cemetery by Public Transport
- Buses 23, 24, 50, 124 stop Mt Hope & Highland.
- Buses 4X/48X, 23, 24, 28X/38X, 45, 45-47X/48X, 45-48X/4X, 45-51/13X, 45/51/47/48/1X, 45/51/47/48/34, 45/51/47/48/36X, 45X/51X/1X, 45X/51X/48X, 48, 50, 51X/38X stop Mt Hope & Elmwood.
- Bus 19 stop Inter Campus & Library.
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Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester Reviews - Write a Review
I've always loved this cemetery for its history and beauty. It wasn't until yesterday, though, when we laid my mom to rest there that I was able to fully appreciate the service that Mt Hope provides. We scattered mom's ashes in the scattering garden, and leading up to that ceremony we had a wonderful experience with Lydia, the woman in the office. She was supportive and knowledgeable and made the whole thing so easy (which is saying a lit when you're dealing with the untimely death of a parent). On the morning of the service, the man who met us in scattering garden was very kind and allowed us to customize the ceremony as we needed. I feel a much stronger pull to visit Mt Hope now that I know the folks working behind the scenes are just as wonderful as the ambiance of the cemetery. And my family was so impressed with our experience that several of us are considering making arranges with Mt Hope ahead of time for our own cemetery needs. I highly recommend this cemetery both as a stunningly beautiful and well-maintained historical park, and as a wonderful and easy-to-access organization to help deal with the hardships of burial arrangements.
Took our second guided tour here, led by members of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. Well worth the nominal fee, these folks are experts not only in the history of the cemetery, but of our fair city, as well. They also help take care of the trees and plants inside the cemetery. It's free to walk/jog/run through this beautiful historical resource in downtown Rochester, but if you're looking to learn more about the "residents," the guided tours are well worth a few dollars' investment, especially when you know the money is put back into the cemetery in the form of public education and natural beautification. A+ Rochester landmark
Resting Place of Susan B. Anthony. Truly a treasure and pleasure to have the chance to visit. So many lovely markers.
Mt. Hope cemetery is one of the best cemeteries I've been to. Indeed I walk there regularly. Why the one star? This morning I witnessed two off-leash dogs attacking a groundhog which was trying to run away with most of the contents of its body cavity trailing behind it. The owners were nowhere in sight. It was as disgusting and disturbing as one could imagine. Mt. Hope, please enforce the dogs-on-leash rule. You have many maintenance crew members that can do this as soon as they see an off-leash dog. The ones I spoke to after the incident seemed like they couldn't have cared less.
I regularly walk through Mt. Hope cemetery and it is indeed one of the best and most peaceful walks to be had in the city. However, sadly I am forced to agree with other negative reviewers and for the same reason. On two separate occasions I have seen a large black poodle viciously attacking and mortally wounding the wildlife that calls the cemetery home - with the owners nowhere in sight. Please, Mt. Hope reinforce your dog-on-leash laws! Not only is this irresponsible behavior on the pet owners part, but the dogs may contract serious diseases.