Atlas Obscura is organizing trips! Join us on an adventure »
Today Only: 50% off Atlas Obscura books and calendars at Barnes & Noble »
The Perfect Gift for Travelers: Our #1 New York Times® best selling book »

Sacramento, California

Sacramento Old City Cemetery

The capitol city's oldest existing cemetery. 

Take a tour of this beautiful old cemetery to see graves of California Gold Rush-era governors, murderers, criminals, ladies of the night, Chinese immigrants, and other historical persons of interest. The Old City Cemetery is adjacent to the Historic Volunteer Firemen’s Plot. Several different guided tours are available throughout the year, including the popular night-time Lantern Tours given before Halloween.

Daytime walking tours are free and are led by volunteer docents. Self-guided tour brochures are also available. This cemetery, originally designed in the style of a Victorian garden, was practically abandoned by the city of Sacramento until a group of dedicated individuals decided to care for it in the 1980’s. Due to budget restrictions the visiting hours change often- check the website before you plan to visit.

 

Know Before You Go

The website has a map and directions. Also available is a map of the cemetery itself.
http://www.oldcitycemetery.com/maps.htm