Building next to the main entrance, taken Oct 2006. Decommissioned cremation facility within Mt Hope, taken Oct 2006.
|1133 Mount Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620|
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Mt. Hope Cemetery is 197 acres of glacially sculpted land located along Mt. Hope Avenue in the Lilac/Upper Mount Hope neighborhoods. It is also adjacent to the University of Rochester.
Founded in 1838 as America's first municipal cemetery, Mt. Hope now has over 350,000 graves. Many figures of historical importance such as Frederick Douglass and Susan B Anthony have been laid to rest within its grounds. It has been well maintained over the years and serves well as a wonderful spot for a stroll, particularly in the fall.
Mt. Hope is also home to several interesting group plots. There are special plots for veterans of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I. There is also the Firemen's Plot for Rochester firefighters. Immediately adjacent lay six men burned beyond recognition in the Steam Gauge and Lantern Works fire. They were buried together and marked with a monument in remembrance of the horrific fire. There is also a plot reserved for poor members of the Jewish community.
Mausoleums include those cut in stone and cast in bronze. Designs include obelisks, Greek-themed temples, winged angels, large urns, columns, Gothic towers and angels of mercy. The area is also packed with trees and plants, including some rare specimens. A 500-foot tunnel was constructed through the esker of the Indian trail for the purposes of drainage.
Mt. Hope is more than a cemetery, it's a historical landmark.
RPO Around Town Concert - Tuesday June 30th, 2015 (http://www.cityofrochester.gov/aroundtownconcerts/)
Path Through History Celebration - June 20th 2015 (ILoveNY.com)
Obscura Day 2015 - Saturday May 30th 2105 (AtlasObscura.com)
April 16, 1871 - The Rochester Mirage.
June 23, 2000 - The skull of Civil War General Elisha G. Marshall was stolen. He was known as an "evil genius." Bones were found near the grave site along with satanic symbols.
Susan B. Anthony's Grave, taken March 2012.
Lomb-Bausch Grave, taken March 2012. Open Gate, taken March 2012. Angel, taken March 2012.
Mount Hope Cemetery Article, photos and article on the local commercial website nyfalls.com
Mt Hope Photos - 120+ great images on Rochester Photo Group
Tombstone Inscriptions - RootsWeb - detailed compilations
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Geology of Mount Hope Cemetery by William Chaisson (pdf)
Famous permanent resident listing on FindAGrave.com.
Mount Hope Cemetery entry at Dark Destinations - Article about supernatural and dark aspects of Mt. Hope Cemetery.
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2015-05-28 15:54:32 Hi, just updating our page to reflect current events and contact info! also corrected a typo