Evergreen Cemetery

Explore the resting place of the people who built Santa Cruz County.

261 Evergreen Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

An Inspiring Place

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 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.

Take a Tour

Bring a Group
Take your class, club, or group of friends on a historical adventure through the cemetery grounds.
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Take a Self Guided Tour

Follow the map on this self-guided walking tour to learn more the people behind Santa Cruz history.

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Get Hands On

Evergreen Cemetery speaks volumes about the people and history of Santa Cruz County. Check out the ways you can conduct research to find relatives, learn more about local history, and share your knowledge.

Volunteer. Join volunteers every Friday 9:30-noon for an Evergreen Cemetery Work Day. Contact Sibley and the Evergreen Committee for more information.

Museum Archive. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History has a historical archive that contains all the material we have on those buried at Evergreen Cemetery. To visit the archive, call 831.429.1964 to schedule an appointment. Future plans for the archive include making documents available online.

Find A Grave. You can search plot records online for persons buried in Evergreen Cemetery. This is a free service.

Ancestry.com. Evergreen Cemetery maintains a tree on Ancestry.com. Please visit our tree here or contact us by email for further details.

Evergreen Roster. Our roster is dynamic and changes each year. You can access it here. This list reflects our research to date. For changes, updates, and/or editions, please contact the Museum of Art and History.

Researchers Anonymous. A program of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History for people interested in general Santa Cruz County history. Meets monthly. Learn more.

Featured Opportunity

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Volunteer at the Weekly Work Day

Every Friday, 9:30am-12pm

Join a team of amazing volunteers who help maintain one of the oldest public cemeteries in California. No need to RSVP, just stop by.

Swing by to help with basic gardening like pulling weeds and clearing walkways, all while discovering Santa Cruz County History. Explore the grounds. Meet other local history buffs. Discover more about the people who made Santa Cruz what it is today.

Chinatown Is In The Heart

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A 17-foot Chinese memorial gate was installed in 2014 at Evergreen Cemetery to honor Santa Cruz’s early Chinese immigrants–fishermen, railroad workers, servants and farm laborers. The gate, commissioned by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, was privately funded by former Chinatown resident George Ow Jr.

“In Chinese folklore, if something is not settled during a lifetime, you have hungry ghosts, like angry spirits,” said Ow. “By acknowledging these spirits, we’re kind of like feeding them.”

Contractor Tom Ralston collaborated with local historians Sandy Lydon and Geoffrey Dunn, former Chinatown resident George Ow Jr., and museum volunteer Sibley Simon to design the gate.

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.

228 Things To See In Santa Cruz

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, was written by long-time residents Steven Bignell and Susan Bruijnes and published by Journeyworks Publishing.

Preserve This Historical Landmark

Donate to the MAH to help fund preservation projects, events, and research at Evergreen Cemetery.