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Location / Directions / Maps

Location: In the south end of Rochester, Monroe County, New York

Address: 1133 Mt. Hope Avenue Rochester, NY 14620

Phone: (585) 428-7999

Days / Hours: All year. Open daily from dawn until dusk. Office is closed holidays.

Maps: Cemetery groundsGoogle MapTopographicBing Map (Bird’s-eye view)

Admission: Free.

Handicap accessibility: Only the main office.

Pets: Allowed, on leash. Must clean up after. Not allowed in any of the fountains or ponds. Dog owners who allow their dogs to roam off leash will be fined. Individuals who repeatedly fail to abide by these rules may be banned from the cemetery.  If you observe an unleashed dog, please call 311 to report it.

Accommodations: Maps and information available at the office or entrance kiosks. Restaurants and shopping along Mt. Hope Ave.

Best time to visit: Year-round with fall adding spectacular color (try late October), and winter adding an eerie calm. Spring and summer are best for flowers.

Weather

ROCHESTER WEATHER

A garden, a park, a resting place

The rolling hills, magnificent trees and melancholy artistry that make up Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY, combine to create an eerily beautiful setting, meant to house Rochester’s dead, at the same time creating a treasured park and museum to the living. The narrow roads of the cemetery wind around the shaded hills leading visitors to parcels of unique character and mood, making this an exciting place to explore. From towering obelisks that seem to pierce the canopy to headstones that hide under blades of short grass, the diversity of the stone monuments here is only trumped by the variety of classes, races and characters that fill the ground beneath. Mausoleums symbolizing power and wealth share hilltops with unmarked gravestones, and unrelated family plots seem to randomly intertwine. Here one can find organization everywhere, with proper rows of matching stones, and carefully labeled sections and maps. But the real treasures here are the solitary markers that lie off near the hillside or in the shadows in their own microcosms and surely have their own stories to tell.

A walk in this cemetery is barely fulfilling without a guidebook, or better yet an experienced tour conductor. Even common graves have stories to tell. Some beaten and broken by time and weather, tell the story of their time and nurture. Wives’ stones, snapped in half by unknown forces, have been lovingly rested upon their husband’s and the tragedy of a child’s death can be felt in the loving words engraved for him or her. An historian can easily discover hundreds of stories buried within the cemetery grounds; an artist can easily tell a thousand more.

The breathtaking geological landscape, the eclectic mix of monuments in various states of decay and repair – from the well-kept and pristine to the illegible and crumbled, and the tales they all have to tell – make Mt. Hope Cemetery one of New York State’s best locations for photography.

Other Mount Hope Cemetery Galleries

Mount Hope Abandoned 1912 Chapel
Mt Hope Photography in winter
Mt Hope Photography in spring
Mt Hope Photography in Fall
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