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Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester

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  • Just looking at this ground from the road does enough for me not to want to walk in. It's well kept but very spooky. I live about 2 hours from it, but visit the hospital next to it often. And boy are ...  more »
  • A short ride from Susan B Anthony's home... both she and her friend Frederick Douglass are buried here. I recommend getting a map of the cemetery before arriving so you can find their graves easily. W...  more »
  • This is a beautiful park like cemetery with rolling hills, stone paths and historical figures. I can spend hours here and never pass the same stone twice. Amazing for photo shoots year round and in an...  more »
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  • Legendary, historic, beautiful place in Rochester. So many famous figures lay to rest in this breathtakingly gorgeous sprawling park. A true land of history and mystery!
  • There is no better way to kick off the Halloween season in Rochester than by attending the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery TORCHLIGHT TOURS. It was awesome to see the entire graveyard of Mt. Hope light up with torches along the paths, and gravestones. The tour guides are very informative about the "dark" history of Rochester's colonial pioneers'. They will guide you along the spooky path around important landmarked gravestones. Some stories are not for the faint of heart, and will have your heart racing as you move to the next stone. At certain stops you will see actors dressed in spooky colonial outfits like the ghosts of Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony. The actors put on a great show with their theatrical performance, allowing the audience to participate with them. At certain stops, you can go inside the old mausoleums that are usually closed to the public. The mausoleums are spooky, dark, and cramped which gave you this feeling of walking through the catacombs. You can also see the old crematorium where they used to burn the bodies, where you feel the thickness in the air with the spirits. Jack Skeleton was not jumping down these old chimneys', and thank god for that. The scary tour ends at the Mt.Hope Cemetery Visitors' Center where cider and doughnuts are provided by Wegmans. Remember, you do not want to drink too much of the cider because you have to walk back. Overall: Halloween Fun, Torchlights, Gravestones, Mausoleums', Crematoriums, Amazing Actors, and The Ghost of Frederick Douglass...I Will Be Back.
  • There are quite a few dead people here. Check it out! They're fun to talk too!
  • It's more like a beautiful park than a cemetery. During the summer I always take walks/go running here, it's so peaceful and historic.
  • Great place to relax and see history.

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