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Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery Review

Formed by a glacier that left undulating terrain upon its retreat, the 196 rolling acres of this cemetery are as much a park as they are the final resting place for more than 370,000 people. Among the more famous laid to rest here are suffragist Susan B. Anthony and anti-slavery leader Frederick Douglass. The cemetery, dedicated in 1838, is one of the nation's oldest. Many headstones retain Victorian symbols such as the anchor, crown, obelisk, or sheaf of wheat. The city owns the cemetery, but a caretakers group called the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery offers tours.

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  • Address: 1133 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester, NY 14620 | Map It
  • Phone: 585/428–7999 cemetery; 585/428–7970 tours
  • Cost: Free; Thurs. twilight tours $4
  • Hours: Daily dawn–dusk. Tour May–Oct., Sat. at 1, Sun. at 2 and 2:30; mid-May–early Aug. Thurs. twilight tours at 7pm.
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  • Location: Rochester

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