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 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.
Join MAH in a major effort to restore and transform Evergreen Cemetery into an inspiring place for learning local Santa Cruz history. Get involved.
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.
Evergreen Cemetery is featured as a Santa Cruz Family Fun activity by the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive periodic updates about activities and progress at Evergreen.
Evergreen in Print
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.
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.