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Evergreen Cemetery

An Inspiring Place

Evergreen Cemetery

History is more than just a story in a book. Many of the adventurous people who arrived in the 1800s and helped change Santa Cruz from a small Mexican village and Catholic Mission into a growing modern city are found at Evergreen Cemetery.

Gold prospectors, artists, Chinese immigrants, mountain men, Yankees, Civil War veterans, lawyers, Masons, infants, and the forgotten are among those buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Research local history.

Family Fun Day at Evergreen Cemetery

When you walk through Evergreen, hear family stories, and touch the beautifully carved tombstones, history comes alive. Visit Evergreen or attend an event.

Join MAH in a major effort to restore and transform Evergreen Cemetery into an inspiring place for learning local Santa Cruz history. Get involved.

Renewed Ambition

Evergreen Cemetery is one of the oldest Protestant gravesites in California, dating back to the 1850s. Set in a forested hillside in northeast Santa Cruz, Evergreen is a nine-acre historic site that is managed by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Our vision is to restore and transform Evergreen into a lively, educational, and enjoyable outdoor place in Santa Cruz.

Cemetery Resources

Download or view a resource list with all things Evergreen! Click here to see our contact info for just about everything in one place.

Family Fun

Evergreen Cemetery is featured as aSanta Cruz Family Funactivity by the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council.

Join us!

Email evergreen@santacruzmah.orgto receiveperiodic updates about activities and progress at Evergreen.

Evergreen CemeteryonFacebook and Flickr.

Evergreen in Print

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First in a series of Evergreen Cemetery Mysteries, Buried Star: Ghosts in the Gulch explores the life of AJ Sloan. The story straddles the history of Sloan exploring Santa Cruz amidst serious intrigue, and a couple in the future who are set on discovering his past. This is a “time-warping” ghost story that digs deep into the history of the central coast– and Evergreen’s a central character. Buy it on Amazon here, and at Bookshop Santa Cruz here.

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Evergreen Cemetery got a mention in a local book,228 Interesting, Odd, Beautiful & Historic Things to See in Santa Cruz County. The book, available at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Capitola Book Cafe, Crossroads in Watsonville and other retail locations, was written by long-time residents Steven Bignell and Susan Bruijnes and published by Journeyworks Publishing.

  • Just discover this web page while waiting for the battery to charge before heading down for the Martin Luther King Memorial Day event…

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