Events at Mount Hope Cemetery

Upcoming Events

Tours and Special Events

      September 2021

  • Twilight Tours (Thursdays, up until September 23rd  7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.) - These 75-minute tours include some topics covered on Sunday North Section tours as well as new material, on an alternative route in the North section. Visit the Friends' website for tickets.
  • Public Tours: North Section (Sundays, 2:00 p.m. )This foundational tour is a two-hour walk of approximately a mile on both paved roads and uneven terrain. This includes the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, topics of local history, horticulture, geology, architecture, monument symbolism, and more.  Visit the Friends' website  for tickets.  
  • Underground Railroad Tracks (Saturday September 4th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Sally Millick) - Frederick Douglass and many other Rochester citizens kept the Freedom Seekers moving northward through their secret network, through their city and homes. Meet at South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave. (across from Distillery Restaurant). Visit the Friends' website  for tickets.
  • Undertakers, Wakes & Tears: Mourning Rituals in 19th Century America (Sunday September 5th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Deb Coffey) - This tour explores the Victorians’ view of death and their expressions of grief through socially expected rituals and customs. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave. Visit the Friends' website  for tickets.
  • Labor Day Tour (Monday September 6th, 11:00 a.m.. by tour guide Dennis Carr) - Ponder the meaning of these patriotic holidays at the gravesites of Mount Hope Cemetery residents whom we commemorate on these days. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave. Visit the Friends' website  for tickets. 
  • The Geography of Mt. Hope Cemetery (Saturday September 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. by tour guide MCC Professor Michael Boester) - MCC Professor Michael Boester will lead this extensive, all-day tour that explores the physical and cultural geography of the cemetery. He will present how it has evolved from America’s first municipally-owned Victorian cemetery to fulfilling today’s trends in natural burials and cremations. There will be a ½ break for lunch; bring your own pack lunchMeet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave. Visit the Friends' website  for tickets.
  • Rochester Women First: Women Who Voted with Susan B. Anthony (Saturday September 11th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by tour guide Sally Millick) - When we think of American women’s suffrage in the context of Mount Hope Cemetery, our thoughts turn immediately to Susan B. Anthony and her leadership in this arena. Yet there were other local women who supported this movement, who in 1872 attempted to register and to vote in a federal election. Join us to hear some of their stories. Location: Kusler-Cox Auditorium at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe CountyVisit the Friends' website  for tickets and more information. 
  • Riverside Ramble: More History, Scenery, Stories (Sunday September 12th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. by tour guide Joanne Mitchell) - Continuing our exploration of the city’s historic Riverside Cemetery, established in 1892. We’ll explore its social, cultural and landscape history. Meet at Riverside Cemetery -  2650 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY.  Visit the Friends' website  for tickets. 
  • Roads Less Traveled By (Saturday September 18th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Joanne Mitchell) - Meet 19th century Rochesterians, pivotal leaders, entrepreneurs and heroes in sections not often visited on other Mt. Hope tours. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website  for tickets. 
  • Geology of Mount Hope Cemetery (Saturday September 25th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  and 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. by tour guide U of R Professor Rory Cottrell) - A geologist leads this fascinating tour revealing how the glaciers formed the dramatic landscape of Mt Hope. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website  for tickets.  

 

      October 2021 

  • Public Tours: North Section (Sundays, 2:00 p.m. ) - This foundational tour is a two-hour walk of approximately a mile on both paved roads and uneven terrain. This includes the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, topics of local history, horticulture, geology, architecture, monument symbolism, and more.  Visit the Friends' website  for tickets.  
  • Mischief, Murder and Mayhem (Saturday October 2, 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Dennis Carr) - Meet some permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law; or whose lives met unfortunate or grisly ends. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website for tickets.
  • The Ice Cream Tour (Saturday October 2, 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Tony Filer) - A “novelty” tour about one of Rochester’s earliest businesses – the making and selling of ice cream and other sundries we still enjoy! Meet at South Entrance, 1133 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website for tickets. 
  • Carved in Stone (Saturday October 9, 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. by tour guide Deb Coffey) - Tour Guide: Deb Coffey Explore the meaning of the symbols, epitaphs, and funerary art that expressed the views of life, death, & rebirth in the past and present. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website for tickets. 
  • Connections: The U of R and Mount Hope (Saturday October 16, 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Dennis Carr) - Neighbors on the Genesee-- the University of Rochester and Mount Hope Cemetery --share many connections over their 170+ -year histories.  *Advance Sales Tickets Required*. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website for tickets.
  • Fall Foliage at Mount Hope (Saturday October 23, 11:00 a.m.  -  12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. by tour guide Tom Jones) - Enjoy the beauty and color of Mount Hope's trees as they prepare for the winter season. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave. Visit the Friends' website for tickets.
  • Mischief, Murder and Mayhem (Saturday October 30, 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Dennis Carr) - Meet some permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law; or whose lives met unfortunate or grisly ends. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website for tickets.
  • Mischief, Murder and Mayhem (Sunday October 31, 11:00 a.m.  - 1:00 p.m. by tour guide Dennis Carr) - Meet some permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law; or whose lives met unfortunate or grisly ends. Meet at North Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  Visit the Friends' website for tickets.

2nd Saturdays Volunteer Program  (April- October)

With almost 200 acres of land, Mount Hope is an active municipal cemetery that also serves as a park, arboretum and historic resource.  The 2nd Saturdays Program provides an excellent opportunity for volunteers to help beautify this special place. Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance to ensure that enough supplies are provided.  Register online or by calling (585) 428-7999. 

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 Wedding Ceremonies

The historic north end of Mount Hope Cemetery is a unique and beautiful place to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony or to take wedding photographs. The area includes a Moorish gazebo, Florentine cast-iron fountain, Victorian Gothic gatehouse and Gothic Revival style stone chapel. These features along with the gardens and open space evoke feelings of romance, history and permanence. Photographs may be taken from different angles to allow for a variety of backdrops that will ensure distinctive and lasting images of your wedding day.

A permit is required to hold a ceremony or to take photographs. The simple process ensures that you will have this picturesque area to yourselves. A permit application must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.

Some basic guidelines for your planning include:  

  • Ceremonies and photography are permitted in the north portion of the cemetery – fountain and gazebo areas.
  • Wedding ceremonies may be held on Saturdays from May to October 30th, noon to 6 pm. 
  • Wedding photography is permitted on Fridays and Saturdays from May to October 30th, noon to 6 pm.
  • Permitted time must allow for setup and cleanup.    
  • Reservation fee is $40 per hour.   
  • Group size is limited to 100 people, and children must be supervised at all times.   
  • Mount Hope cannot accommodate wedding receptions.  

Want to Learn More?

Please contact us to learn more about wedding opportunities at Mount Hope Cemetery. Call us as (585) 428-7999 or fill out our contact form and our cemetery staff will be in touch with you.

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