The Friends of Mt. Hope is a group founded in 1980 to preserve the cemetery and also to make improvements. They are giving free tours on Saturdays (at 2 PM) and Sundays (2 and 2:30PM) until October. If you haven’t taken the tour, you get to see a good portion of the cemetery, learn some history and sometimes learn about different kinds of trees and more. You should definately take a good pair of walking shoes and be able to climb stairs.
They also give some specialized tours for $4 per person. On July 12th at 11AM is a tour of lot G. Some of the prominent people of Rochester’s past are buried in that lot. It is also one of the biggest lots and has a kettle (a dip created by a retreating glacier) in the middle. You can see my list of tombstone inscriptions of lot G to see some of the graves that you would be visiting.
Other specialized tours for this year:
- Aug. 2 – 1:30 PM – Civil War Tour
- Aug. 8 – 1:30 PM – Ice Cream Tour
- Sept. 12 – 12 noon – Speaking Stones
- Sept. 20 – 12 noon – Revolutionary War
- Sept. 27 – 12 noon – Geology at Mt. Hope
- Oct. 25 – 11 AM – Fall Foliage
- Oct. 25 – 6:30 PM – Luminaria Tour
- Oct. 26 – 6:30 PM – Luminaria Tour
Most of the tours leave from the northern gatehouse but no all> More information is on the FoMH Tour page.
Back issue of the Friends of Mt. Hope newsletter; “Epitaph” are available courtesy of the Rare Books Department at U of R.
If you find someone of interest in the original Mt Hope records you can then write the Friends of Mt. Hope through their contact page and ask them who else is buried in the same plot. They will ask for a small donation but it is worth it.