Mount Hope Cemetery will host a guided walking tour at 11 a.m. on May 26 to highlight veterans from the American Revolution to modern day starting from the North Gate House, 791 Mount Hope Ave., Rochester.
Veterans and their families, as well as current servicemen and women, can take the tour for free. Regular admission to themed cemetery tours is $10, or free for ages 15 and younger with a paying adult. Tours are free for Friends of Mount Hope members.
Dennis Carr, a Friends of Mount Hope trustee with over 38 years of experience as a guide, will lead the tour that visits graves of veterans from the ranks of private to general. In addition to those that died from their war wounds, tour participants will visit the graves of some that died from disease and as prisoners of war.
Carr will explain the 19th-century concept of the “good death,” as well as how wars changed American attitudes and beliefs about death and dying.
Mount Hope is America’s first municipal Victorian cemetery. Set in a landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery features more than 80 mausoleums, Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic revival style, a Moorish gazebo and varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves across 196 acres.
The tour consists of a two-hour, 1-mile walk on paved roads and uneven terrain.
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