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Tours & Events at Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

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SELF-GUIDED TOURS
Visitors are welcome to take a Self-Guided Tour to navigate through the rich history of the cemetery. Printed Self-Guided Tour brochures are available at the kiosks near the entrances.

2017 TOUR & EVENTS
Unless otherwise indicated, events are free and no advance registration is required.

Saturday, April 22 - History Walking Tours
Learn the stories of the people of Sonoma County and California during an 80 minute docent-led walk. Tours depart from Franklin Gate every 20 minutes from 10-11am.

Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Ceremony
Honor the day with activities, guests and refreshments. This year will include special recognition of the 150th anniversary of the California branch of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) veterans organization. 12pm at the Franklin Gate.

Saturday, June 24 - History Walking Tours
Learn the stories of the people of Sonoma County and California during an 80 minute docent-led walk. Tours depart from Franklin Gate every 20 minutes from 10-11am.

Saturday, July 22 - Stones and Images Tours
Be amazed at the variety and history of the shapes, carvings and symbols used on the gravestones found here and other old cemeteries. Tours depart from the Franklin Gate every 20 minutes from 10-11am.

Saturday, August 12 - History Walking Tours
Learn the stories of the people of Sonoma County and California during an 80 minute docent-led walk. Tours depart from Franklin Gate every 20 minutes from 10-11am.

Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16 - Lamplight Tours
Walk at night through Santa Rosa's oldest cemetery to see and hear all new dramatic portrayals of some of our town's early settlers. Lights, costumes and stage settings create a magical time as characters from the past depict a scene from their lives in the history of Santa Rosa, California and the United States. Children must be age 8 or over. Tours last about 90 minutes. Pre-registration required. Book early--tours sell out by midsummer!
$35  Rain or shine
Lamplight Tour registration will open in early February. Check back for more info!

 

 

 Graveyard Vignettes

Watch our Graveyard Vignettes video about the popular Lamplight Tours.

 Tombstones & Tales

Four small volumes of stories about people buried in the cemetery are available for purchase at tours and events. ($4 each or $14 for all four)

Tombstone Tales