Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester

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Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, founded in 1838, is the first municipal cemetery in the United States. Situated on 196 acres (79 ha) of land adjacent to the University of Rochester on Mount Hope Avenue, the cemetery is the permanent resting place of over 350,000 people. The annual growth rate of this cemetery is 500-600 burials per year.

The cemetery hosts the sculpture Defenders of the Flag, a Civil War monument made in 1908 by the American sculptor Sally James Farnham. In 2018 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • This is a beautiful, hilly cemetery. It is nicely landscaped and full of history. It contains the graves of Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, George Eastman and many other people of note. There...  more »
  • This sprawling, historic cemetery in the heart of town is a journal of funerary idioms dating back to its founding in 1838. From the simplest, long eroded stone tablets, to elegant granite mausolea...  more »
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  • The Mt. Hope Cemetery is a must-see for any visitor to the Rochester area. Cemeteries especially old ones are unique in providing history and great photo opportunities. I enjoyed exploring this great facility and I had no trouble locating its two famous residents Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass. The short drive up the cobblestone road was a little hair raising for me though. I didn't want to mess up my new car's transmission. When you visit the Mt. Hope Cemetery don't forget your camera.
  • We visited to pay our respects to two inspiring and courageous people who are buried here - Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Their burial sites are modest they way they should be. The pinpointed locations here on Google Maps are pretty accurate so it wasn't very difficult for us finding them. They are a bit of a distance from each other so we got some good cardio workout in the process. You can also drive slowly along the cemetery road and park temporarily near the burial sites. Don't miss out on the statue of Mr. Douglass by the cemetery entrance.

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