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Saturday, JUNE 1 at 10 am


$25 / person


Join us on a talk and walking tour of the Santa Barbara Cemetery with David Petry, author of The Best Last Place, a history of the Santa Barbara Cemetery. Founded in 1867, this cemetery has passed through every type of formal cemetery development in the United States, from town cemetery to memorial park, and beyond.

It has also attracted actors and architects, business and political leaders, military, musicians and murderers. Fess Parker, Laurence Harvey, and Ronald Colman are the leading men among the actors. 

The chapel is a George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs masterpiece, finished off inside with the beautiful and controversial Alfredo Ramos Martinez murals.


The tour lasts 2 1/2 to 3 hours. We talk and tour in the chapel for a bit, then traverse the grounds from the oldest graves to the the newest, catching the significant residents, gravesites, mausoleums, and stories as we go.





You can pay here, or email to We'll need your name and the number in your party.


Restrooms will be open for the tour.



  • Water
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

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