Mount Hope Avenue
New York USA
Postal Code: 14620
Cemetery notes and/or description:
Call 1-585-461-3494 (Friends of Mount Hope preservation society) for interment location help.
Mount Hope Cemetery was formally dedicated on October 3 1838 on 40 acres of ground purchased from Silas Andrus.
Today it covers almost 200 acres and has over a third of a million permanent residents including many of
Rochester's most prominent pioneers, inventors, politicians and industrialists.
It is one of America's oldest active municipal burial grounds, continuing to grow at a rate of 200-300 burials per year.
It is a geologically diverse site with dramatic natural features formed during the post-Ice Age melt,
and is a haven for wildlife which is demonstrated most dramatically in early Fall when it turns into a natural rookery and the
trees are dark with the roosting birds. There is a wide variety of trees and plants on the grounds,
some of which date back to the 1850's when the adjacent Ellwanger & Barry Nursery donated many of its
hybrids and specialty plants to the cemetery. Joggers, walkers, picnickers and tourists alike are welcome
to enjoy the park-like atmosphere as long as cemetery rules, posted at all entrances, are respected.