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“Interesting slice of Rochester history”

Mount Hope Cemetery
Ranked #4 of 143 things to do in Rochester
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Owner description: 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.
Rochester, New York
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting slice of Rochester history”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Beautiful grounds. Lots of history. Very informative tour guides! Easy walking, some hills. People of all ages would be interested.

Visited April 2014
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Rochester, New York
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful and historic.”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

One of the best Victorian cemeteries in the US. Susan B Anthony, Frederick Douglass and other famous people are buried there. It is still in use. The statues are beautiful and reading the old headstones is fascinating. Especially beautiful in the fall.

Visited May 2014
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Rochester, New York
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place to explore”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

An interesting place to get away from it all. Enjoy a stroll through history in this 175 year old cemetery. It's interesting to see the way people honored the dead, from huge crypts, to the tiniest of headstones. Susan B. Anthony, and Fredrick Douglass are buried here. The landscape, and roads make it an ideal place to hike, run, or bike.

Visited May 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely cemetery with hills”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

I love all the fancy headstones and buildings that are nestled in this cemetery. Many hills adorn the landscape and small details in the nooks and cranny's of the hillsides are pleasant surprises. The Monster Scramble was great fun here.

Visited October 2013
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Rochester, New York
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“One of the most beautiful cemeteries in Western NY”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

No matter what time of year you visit, this place is hauntingly beautiful. It has a rich history - a lot of Rochester's founders and natives are buried here - and amazing views. It is situated amongst rolling hills, filled with old tombstones, crypts, and natural trees and plants that seem to be perfectly placed. I would highly recommend a visit, every season if possible!

Visited October 2013
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