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.
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.
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