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Mount Hope Cemetery

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Address: 1133 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone Number: +1 585-428-7999
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Mount Hope, dedicated in 1838, is America's first municipal Victorian...

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 as part of the Mt. Hope/Highland Preservation District, featuring 83 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.

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The Dead Center of Town

What can you say about Mt Hope. I guess the best thing I could say is the I would love to be buried there. The Cemetary itself is a wonderland . It has hollows and Glen's that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter O
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can you say about Mt Hope. I guess the best thing I could say is the I would love to be buried there. The Cemetary itself is a wonderland . It has hollows and Glen's that disappear around the next narrow corner. The history is astonishing with all sorts of famous guests At Hallows Eve there are rumors of... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful cemetary. You will realize how unique it is if you partake of one of the scheduled cemetary tours that are offered throughout the year. Not only is it beautifully landscaped with just enough hilly areas (in spots) to get your blood flowing but there are very notorious Rochestarians who are buried here. Dont miss this gem... More 

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Thank 1kreileygirl
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved taking the tour of the cemetery. The old head stones dating back a few centuries, famous people buried there and the information shared along the walk through this gorgeous setting on the edge of the city is must do and see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for a walk, both to find the burial spots of Susan B Anthony and Fredrick Douglass and to just enjoy the the hilly landscape, old trees and changing views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

One of the best cemeteries I have been. Very cool to explore the old markers, beautiful place to walk any time of the year. I believe they have guided tours to visit some of the famous people buried here but I have not been.

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Thank bscrim
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

This is actually a very nice place to stroll, if nothing else just to experience some low rolling hills, tall trees, landscaped grounds, birds and small animals. The big attractions are the historical graves. Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas may be the most frequently visited. There is small parking areas and you can also drive around (but not park... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

OMG if you love history you'll love this I love to go to a cemetery and walk among the dead I know it sounds crazy and yes I'm strange but it's a good strange aren't we all in one way or the other lol I love reading the headstones So if your ever in Rochester NY I invite you to... More 

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Rochester, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a historic 19th century cemetery. Tour are given by the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery and times can be checked online. There are even themed tours highlighting different themes. The cemetery is even geologically interesting because the area it is in was glacially formed. Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass are buried here along with other important people... More 

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Thank Mary M
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I've visited many cemeteries over the years and in several states. Yet, Mt.Hope has such unique features (such as fountains, stained glass cathedral, and unusual stones) that it has always been my favorite. As you meander through the hilly terrain, you'll find famous people buried and stones of unknown people who were given such intriguing tributes, that one must ponder... More 

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Thank 411TravelingGal
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Subject: Mount Hope Cemetery Location: Rochester, Finger Lakes, New York, United States, North America Title:Fall in Mt. Hope Cemetery ID#: 325124062 Mt. Hope Cemetery, once covered in glacial ice, is considered to be one of the oldest Victorian cemeteries. Living in Rochester, NY all my life, I have walked there many times with friends, also alone. The cemetery is beautiful... More 

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