The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is one of the many State Historic Landmarks in Sacramento. The cemetery was established in 1849. Historic burials include John Augustus Sutter, Jr., the founder of Sacramento, the victims of the Cholera epidemic of 1850, and many politicians. There are also many people buried there who were simply residents of Sacramento in the 1800s and 1900s. Many of the gravestones feature beautiful carvings and inscriptions. There are also memorials to Civil War soldiers, firemen, and veterans of the Spanish-American War.
After viewing the historic graves and monuments, a visit to the Sacramento Historic Rose Garden is a must. It is located right next to the front gate and contains around 400 plants. The garden contains old and antique roses. These flowers were planted from cuttings of the original plant, so you can smell a rose from the 18th century! The garden is gorgeous, and for those who loves flowers, it is worth a trip to the cemetery just to see these plants.
The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery also offers tours and events. Saturday tours are always free, though donations are encouraged. These tours usually center on some aspect of Sacramento history, such as notable women, the experiences of African-Americans in Sacramento, and secret societies. There are also tours centered in the Historic Rose Garden which focus on tending plants. Other events, such as the spooky Lantern Tour, require the purchase of a ticket. Tickets and tour schedules are available on the City Cemetery website.
Whether you want to learn more about Sacramento’s history or visit a unique rose garden, the Historic City Cemetery is definitely worth a visit.
Location: 1000 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95818. The main gate is at 10th Street and Broadway.
Hours: Winter: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Summer: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Weekend hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays year-round.
Admission: Free. Some events will require you to purchase a ticket.
Parking: Parking inside the cemetery is limited. Free parking across the street at the Sacramento Works building.