Tours & Events

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.

2019 Tours & Events



Saturday, April 13 - History Walking Tours

Learn the stories of the people of Sonoma County and California during this 90-minute docent-led walk. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10-11am. Meet at the Franklin Gate. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

Saturday, May 11 - Walking Down Cemetery Lane


Experience the history and learn about the people resting in the Rural Cemetery who gave their names to the streets of Santa Rosa during a 90-minute docent-led walk through this pioneer cemetery. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10-11am. Meet at the Franklin Gate. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Ceremony


Honor the day with special guests, refreshments, and tours of veterans' graves. 12pm at Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Franklin Gate. Free admission.

Saturday, June 8 - McDonald Avenue Tour


Learn about Col. Mark McDonald, his namesake street and the historic homes and residents of McDonald Avenue during a 90-minute docent-led walk through this pioneer cemetery. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10-11am. Meet at the McDonald Gate. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

Saturday, July 13 - History Walking Tours


Learn the stories of the people of Sonoma County and California during this 90-minute docent-led walk. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10-11am. Meet at the Franklin Gate. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

Saturday, August 10 - Tapestry of Cultures Tour

Learn about the diverse cultures of the people who rest in the Rural Cemetery during a 90-minute docent-led walk through this pioneer cemetery. Tours depart every 20 minutes from 10-11am. Meet at the Franklin Gate. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21 - Lamplight Tours


Walk at night through Santa Rosa’s oldest cemetery to see and hear all new dynamic portrayals of some of our town’s early settlers. Lights, costumes and stage settings create a magical time. Children must be age 8 or over. Pre-registration required. Book early – tours sell out by midsummer! $40. Purchase tickets online here or by phone at (707) 543-3737.

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).

CONTACT US

Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
1600 Franklin Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

707-543-3279
volunteer@srcity.org