Tours & Events

Self-Guided Tours


Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour (PDF) 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 10-11 a.m.

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. 12 p.m. 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 10-11 a.m.

Saturday, July 22 - Stones & 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 10-11 a.m.

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 10-11 a.m.

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; call (707) 543-3737 or click here to purchase tickets. Book early-tours sell out by midsummer! Tours are $35, rain or shine.

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)