The old Entrance to the Mount Hope Cemetery, just outside of Downtown Rochester, NY.

Originally published in Ballou's Pictorial on Dec. 15, 1855.

Illustration by Samuel S. Kilburn

Engraving by Edmund N. Tarbell

Excerpt from the magazine: 
"The entrance to Mount Hope Cemetery [is] so noted for its wild and picturesque scenery. This beautiful necropolis is about two miles south of the railroad depot. In natural beauty it vies with Mount Auburn or Greenwood, though, as vet, it contains but few monuments. It will be observed by the engraving that the gateway is of the Egyptian order, although the column which surmounts it, though pretty in itself, strikes us as being rather incongruous."

Founded in 1838, the Mount Hope Cemetery was America's first municipal Victorian cemetery. It is the final resting place for notable Rochesterians including Nathaniel Rochester, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb (Bausch & Lomb), Frank E. Gannett and many others.


The entire Mt. Hope-Highland Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 1974. It includes the Ellwanger and Barry Botanic Gardens and Mt. Hope Cemetery; notably the Warner Castle, the cemetery Gothic chapel and the Gothic Gatehouse at the cemetery's north entrance.

Present-day view would be from Mt. Hope Avenue, click here.

Entrance to the Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.

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