MONROE COUNTY— The City of Rochester looks to celebrate Mount Hope Cemetery’s 175th anniversary in being a landmark that draws thousands of visitors each year who come to experience the history and natural beauty that makes Mount Hope a valued community asset.
Mayor Thomas S. Richards and U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will join staff and volunteers at Mount Hope Cemetery to commemorate the historic cemetery’s 175th anniversary at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5.
The public is invited to attend events planned to celebrate the occasion at the north end of the cemetery near the Mount Hope Cemetery Gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Ave. Refreshments will be served following the formal program, and other activities are planned throughout the day.
Originally dedicated on October 3, 1838, Mount Hope Cemetery is the oldest municipal Victorian cemetery in the nation.
The City of Rochester and the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery are working to establish a tree management plan for the cemetery. In recognition of this effort and Mount Hope’s 175th anniversary, private donations are being solicited to assist with reforestation efforts to ensure the restoration and growth of magnificent trees throughout Mount Hope for future generations to enjoy.
Other events planned include, a memorabilia sale, a crematory open house, a walking tour of Mount Hope Cemetery, and a sneak peek inside the doors of the 1912 Chapel.
For more information about Mount Hope Cemetery and a full list of events, please visit www.cityofrochester.gov/mounthope.