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Mount Hope Cemetery

1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY
585-428-7999
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Ranked #9 of 58 attractions in Rochester
Type: Cemeteries
Activities: Running
Owner description: Mount Hope, dedicated in 1838, is America's first municipal Victorian Cemetery. Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the... more » Owner description: 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, featuring 82 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. « less
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Rochester, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

No matter what time of year you visit, this place is hauntingly beautiful. It has a rich history - a lot of Rochester's founders and natives are buried here - and amazing views. It is situated amongst rolling hills, filled with old tombstones, crypts, and natural trees and plants that seem to be perfectly placed. I would highly recommend a... More

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Brockport, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Designed by Olmstead, this cemetery combines historical interest with some very beautiful scenery. It's a great place to wander, by car or on foot. One of the few real treasures in Rochester.

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Rochester, New York
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932 reviews 932 reviews
261 attraction reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I had been in this massive cemetery in the past, but I'd never taken as in-depth a tour as I did today. The cemetery was very eerie in the low-misting light, with a blanket of snow covering the tombstones. I found that taking pictures yielded some very interesting and somber images. I drove through most of the cemetery rather than... More

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San Diego
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Was there for the funeral of a relative. I never rated a cemetary before, but I guess as cemeteries go, this one is fine.

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Rochester, New York, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I love history, and Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are buried here. But aside from the famous and semi-famous people buried there, it's just a beautiful place to walk and picnic. When we have visitors in nice weather, this is the first place I think of taking them.

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Visiting a cemetery is usually not on my must see list during a visit to any city. I had to visit Mount Hope Cemetery because it the resting place for two great Americans, Susan B Anthony and Fredrick Douglas. It was fall, trees were changing color and the visit was enjoyable and awesome.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

You can hardly miss the Cemetery while visiting the University of Rochester. It sits right in their backyard. Many of the students walk through as a cut through to their destination. The cemetery goes on for a couple miles. The stones are all white. It is an attractive Cemetery with some unusual stones and a few famous people buried on... More

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Shippensburg, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

It was raining the day we visited. No one else there but the grounds crew. Hard to find Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas graves. The trees were in their fall colors. Beautiful and peaceful visit. The cemetery just goes on and on.

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Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Okay. So visiting a cemetery may sound weird but this place is awesome! It is the largest cemetery I've ever seen. A great place to stroll through and look at history. And you have to stop at the office to get a map. Yes, you could get lost but on top of that, the lady working there is great. So... More

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Madison
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I loved the winding roads through this very hilly old cemetery. It has some famous occupants: Bausch and Lomb (just a few tombs apart), Buffalo Bill Cody, and Susan B. Anthony, whose rather modest grave was decorated with many pebbles, flags and plants left by visitors. This is a classic19th-century cemetery with statues, many temple-shaped vaults, military burial areas, and... More

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