Founded in 1867, The Santa Barbara Cemetery is unique. It has not only passed through the five distinctive stages of cemetery development in the United States, but has melded these eras into the remarkably beautiful, functioning "Best Last Place." Author David Petry spent eight years researching, while traveling to over 1,000 cemeteries around the country and around the world.
He has given tours of the local cemetery since 1996, covering it's development as well as some of the many notables buried there including many Santa Barbara business, political, and arts leaders; captains of industry, writers, screen actors, and a princess.
136 East De La Guerra Street
October 27, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
$25 Museum Members ~ $35 Guests
Walking Tours at the Santa Barbara Cemetery
901 Channel Drive
$10 Museum Members ~ $15 Guests
Saturday October 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
~ or ~
Sunday October 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Walking tour notes:
Meet at the Cemetery Chapel
Tour is approx 2.5 hours, walking approx 1 mile.
Bring water, hats, and a camera.
Santa Barbara Historical Museum members, please call 805-966-1601
for reservations for the talk or walks.
Be sure to follow David's blog, Decomposing Santa Barbara!
Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal