Mount Hope Cemetery

With over 350,000 graves, this historic cemetery is is notorious for the wildlife and trees on its grounds. 

Founded in 1838, Mount Hope Cemetery is the first municipal cemetery in the United States’. Located on 196 acres of land next to to the University of Rochester on Mount Hope Avenue, the cemetery is the permanent resting place of over 350,000 people.

The cemetery hosts the sculpture Defenders of the Flag, a Civil War monument created in 1908. In 2018, Mount Hope Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Green Burial

Mount Hope is certified as hybrid burial grounds by the Green Burial Council.  The cemetery offers a designated green burial section, the Garden of Renewal, which is set within the historic landscape of the cemetery and the choice for green burial anywhere in the cemetery.

Friends of Mount Hope

Founded in 1980 , the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring, preserving, and encouraging public use and enjoyment of the unique historical treasure.

“Everything is close! A nice and affordable hotel located on 42nd and Broadway, close to theaters, restaurants, Times Square and at walking distance from 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Hall.”

—Rafael M., Brandywine, MD

Take Amtrak to Mt. Hope Cemetery

Visit Mt. Hope Cemetery via Amtrak to Rochester Station in Rochester—Don’t forget to use Amtrak’s See New York and Save 15% discount!

From Rochester Station, get picked up and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Rochester office today at: 585-423-2220.

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