Events at Mount Hope Cemetery

Upcoming Events

Tours and Special Events

      June 2021

  • Twilight Tours (Thursdays,  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. 
  • Temples on the Lawn - South End (Saturday June 5th, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by tour guide Chris Grooms) - Explore the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and share stories of those entombed in these fascinating structures.  Visit the Friends' website for tickets.  
  • Women First: Women’s Suffrage and Equality (Saturday June 12th, 11:00 a.m. by tour guide Sally Millick) - Follow the steps of Susan B. Anthony and other trailblazing women that led to the 19th Amendment, and meet some others that came “first.”  Visit the Friends' website for tickets.
  •  Jewish Roots in Rochester (Sunday June 13th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. by tour guides Joel Elliott, Earl Gurell, Monica Gurell)Explores the history and enormous contributions of Rochester’s Jewish community.  Visit the Friends' website  for tickets. 

  •  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Jazz Combo - FREE EVENT (Tuesday June 15th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) -  Now in its sixth year, the Around the Town Neighborhood Ensemble Concerts continue to bring the RPO into the community to provide city residents with an opportunity to experience and enjoy free classical music performances. Please note that performances do not feature the entire RPO. All attendees must adhere to current state and local COVID-19 guidelines; vaccinated attendees are not required to wear a mask, unvaccinated attendees must wear a mask. All spectators are required to practice social distancing. Performance is free of charge and tickets are not required. 

  •  Home to the Prosperous and Penniless (Saturday June 19th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. by Cam Tran ) -  Stroll the paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about residents of great wealth and status, and those who had little in life, but left a mark nonetheless.   Visit the Friends' website for tickets. 

  •   Witnesses to History: Revelations of Section L - FREE EVENT (Saturday June 19th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) -  Pop Up tours are free — our gifts to the community. Visitors are invited to stop in any time between 10 AM and 2 PM to a designated part of the cemetery and hear fascinating stories at the gravesites of Mount Hope residents. Our Pop Up historians bring history alive! Meet at the North Gatehouse @ 791 Mt. Hope Ave.  

  • Underground Railroad Tracks (Saturday June 26th, 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.  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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