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Lamplight Tour actors
Trees and gravestones
Actors portraying Shiner and Jane Davison
woman

Most photos courtesy of
Jon Stiffler

 

SANTA ROSA RURAL CEMETERY
2014 TOURS AND EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated below, events are free and no advance registration is required.

Saturday, May 3
History Walking Tours  
 

Experience the history and stories of the pioneers of Sonoma County and California during an 80 minute docent-led walk. Meet at Franklin Gate.
10:00, 10:20, 10:40 & 11:00am

 

 

Monday, May 26
Memorial Day Ceremony

Join us for an Old Fashioned Decoration Day Commemoration. 1:00pm at Franklin Gate.

 

 

Friday, June 13
Darkside Tours

The Darkside Tours return! Take a walk on the Dark Side and learn stories behind the murders, suicides, and other horrific events that took place in early Santa Rosa. Tours meet at Franklin Gate and start every half hour from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Pre-Registration Required. Book early – tours sell out!
$25   rain or shine         To register, call (707)543-3737 or click here.

 

 

Saturday, June 21
Women’s History Tour

Come see and hear from women who helped shaped Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Tours meet at the Franklin Gate. 9:45am, 10:15am, 10:45am
Pre-Registration Required.
$10   rain or shine         To register, call (707)543-3737 or click here.

 

 

Saturday, July 19
Stones and Images Tour

Join a docent-led tour and discover the origins and meanings of carvings, symbols and stones. Easy,1-hour walk. Meet at Franklin Gate.
10:00, 10:20, 10:40 & 11:00am

 

 

Saturday, August 9
History Walking Tours

Experience the history and stories of the pioneers of Sonoma County and California during an 80 minute docent-led walk. Meet at Franklin Gate.
10:00, 10:20, 10:40 & 11:00am

 

 

Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20
Lamplight Tours of the Rural Cemetery

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. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. (Uneven surfaces and slopes). Period costumes (1850 to 1950) encouraged. Tours last approximately one hour and leave from the McDonald Gate every 20 minutes from 7:30pm to 9:50pm.  Pre-Registration Required. Book early – tours sell out!
$30   rain or shine        To register, call (707)543-3737 or click here.

 

 

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Monthly Work Parties

volunteers working on kiosk
Cemetery Work Parties

Join the Rural Cemetery every third Saturday of the month from 9:00-noon for a volunteer work party. (Work party not hosted in September.) Projects include the cemetery beautification efforts such as mowing grass and landscaping projects, painting, repairing borders, restoring plots, and various maintance work. Call 543-3279 for more information.

Trees, gravestones and fence at cemetery