Tours & Events

Self-Guided Tours

Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour to navigate through the rich history of the cemetery. Please print your own self-guided tour brochure at the following link: Self-Guided Tour Brochure

2022 Tours & Events

Saturday, April 9 - 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. Pre-registration required. REGISTER

Friday, May 13 - Darkside Tours

It’s Friday the 13th! Take a walk on the dark side at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. Hear tales of murders, suicides, and other ghastly tragedies of past Santa Rosa residents. Not suitable for children under 10. Approximately 90 minutes long, tours are led by lamplight over uneven surfaces, so wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight. Pre-registration is required, and hurry, spots sell out FAST. REGISTER

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Ceremony

Honor the day with special guests and tours of veterans' graves. Tour departs at 12pm. Meet at the Franklin Gate. Admission is free; donations appreciated. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, June 11 - 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. Pre-registration required. REGISTER

Saturday, July 9 - Women's History Walking Tours

Learn the history and lives of the women who helped shape Santa Rosa and Sonoma County 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. Pre-registration required. REGISTER

Saturday, August 13 - Stones and Images Tours

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. Pre-registration required. REGISTER

Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17 - 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! $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