Rochester is full of history and nature! Join us for a guided walk to/through some of our city's gems, or for a talk focused on the city's natural and built environments. The City offers a series of History and Nature Walks Thursday evenings June 4 through August 20, at 6 p.m. find the full schedule and a description of each walk here. Or download this year's full Flower City Looking Good brochure.
Family Walks in Washington Grove
Nestled behind the reservoir atop Cobb’s Hill is a beautiful grove of giant old oaks, named Washington Grove after our first President. A dedicated coalition of people and neighborhood groups is collaborating with The Friends of Washington Grove and the City to restore and protect the Grove.
Meet on the east side of the reservoir where street parking begins on the one-way circle around the reservoir. (585) 234-1056 for more information. map
Thursday, June 11, 6 p.m. Meet at the top of Reservoir Rd. off Highland Ave. by the pines. Learn about Washington Grove’s old growth forest, its underlying geology, and the restoration projects underway to preserve its majestic appearance.
Thursday, July 30, p.m. Meet at the top of Reservoir Rd. off Highland Ave. by the pines. Learn how invasive plants, insects and climate change may impact our area forests and how the City and Friends of Washington Grove are working to protect and preserve the unique landscape of the grove.
Other History Walk Opportunities
Second Saturdays at Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery is a one-of-a kind environment that features extraordinary greenery, trees and forest. Volunteers allow the cemetery to maintain its high level of natural beauty. Join us every second Saturday of the month, from May through October, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Individuals and groups are welcome! For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/mounthopevolunteer.
Reforest Mount Hope Cemetery
For 175 years, Mount Hope Cemetery has provided visitors with a peaceful oasis set within an inspirational landscape. At the heart of this serene environment are majestic trees. Unfortunately, time and weather conditions have impacted the health of many of these aging trees and left them in need of replacement. Join the Reforest Mount Hope program in its efforts to plant trees in the cemetery. For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/reforestmounthope.
Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery
In 1838 Mount Hope Cemetery was dedicated as the first municipal Victorian cemetery in the United States. Volunteers conduct public and theme tours each Sunday at 2 p.m., May 3 - November 1, plus special theme tours on additional dates. For more information, call 461-3494. A complete schedule of tours is available at fomh.org/Events/SpecialTours.
Landmark Society of Western New York
Formed in 1937, a decade before the founding of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, LSWNY hosts a House & Garden Tour, Inside Downtown, Walk the Walk and Ghost Walk. 546-7029. For more information, visit www.landmarksociety.org