Tours & Events

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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.

2020 Tours & Events



*CANCELED* Friday, March 13 - Darkside Tours (Ages 12+)


Take a Friday the 13th walk on the dark side with graveside reenactments bringing you bone-chilling stories from Santa Rosa history. Bring your flashlights and sturdy shoes to enjoy these true and tragic stories. The Hubbub Band will be providing entertainment as groups wait for their tours. Meet at the Franklin Gate. Pre-registration required; $35. Purchase tickets online here or by phone at (707) 543-3737.

*CANCELED* Saturday, April 11 - History Walking Tours


Learn the history of Santa Rosa while strolling through the grave sites of early residents 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.

*CANCELED* Saturday, May 9 - McDonald Avenue Tour


Visit the graves of the McDonald's, then proceed down McDonald Avenue to view and discuss the historic homes and their early residents 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.

*CANCELED* Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day Ceremony


Honor the day with special guests, refreshments and tours of veterans' graves. Tour departs at 12pm. Meet at the Franklin Gate. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

*CANCELED* June 13 - Stones and Images Tour


Learn the history and meaning of symbols and forms of grave makers from the early days 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.

*CANCELED* Saturday, July 11 - History Walking Tours


Learn the history of Santa Rosa while strolling through the grave sites of early residents 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.

*CANCELED* Saturday, August 8 - Women's History Tour

Honor the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by learning about the lives of Santa Rosa's early pioneer women 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.

*CANCELED* Friday & Saturday, September 18 & 19 - 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