Mount Hope Cemetery – Rochester, New York.
Mount Hope is a historic Victorian era cemetery situated on 196 acres in the beautiful landscape of Rochester, New York. The cemetery is over 150 years old; 180 to be exact, as it was founded in 1838.
The high ridges that wind through the cemetery grounds were created thousands of years ago, when ice nearly 2 miles thick had begun to melt. The glaciers melted, creating water flow in large crevasses, which opened up in the ice, forming the landscape we see today. Seneca Indians would use the ridges here as a high path for travel, giving them visibility of the valleys around them.
Mount Hope was one of the first municipal rural cemeteries in the entire United States when it was founded.
High Victorian gothic and neoclassical architecture make up most of the structures, from mausoleums to crypts, chapels and gatehouses. Many of the mausoleums also contain Tiffany glass windows, with architecture spanning 3 centuries.
In 2000, the crypt of General Elisha G. Marshall was vandalized, and his body parts were scattered around the cemetery grounds. All parts were collected and returned, but the skull was nowhere to be seen. The vandals were never caught, and the location of the skull still remains unknown. I mean, they definitely have it…but…they have no idea who “they” are.
Mount Hope Cemetery is open from 7:30am – 7:00pm every day of the week.