Sacramento City Historic Cemetery

Last Saturday the family and I headed over to the Sacramento City Historic Cemetery to take a tour of the grounds.  We were able to follow one of the volunteers as she took us around to point out some California pioneer history.

I was fascinated as I looked at the tombstones of the men and women who followed their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.  Their life spans were short and filled with trails. Disease, natural disasters and criminal intent claimed many lives.

The memorials are  amazing in and of themselves.  The details and symbolism included in the carvings had my imagination running wild.  The Old City Cemetery volunteers are offering a tour titled “Symbology and Victorian Funerary” on May 1, 2010 at 10am.  I would love to take this tour but I have two weddings on the books for that day.

Also worth checking out is the Rose Sale and tour held once a year at the cemetery.  I have taken this fascinating tour and it is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.  You are educated on the antique and pioneer rose varieties growing in the cemetery as you stroll the grounds.  The volunteers also offer rose bushes for sale to benefit their programs.  The roses are grown from cuttings of the plants in the cemetery.  This year the event is on April 17th.

Of course, I could not resist photographing the few blooming flowers and plants.  I love the picture of the Forget-me-nots that were planted on one of the graves.  My romantic imagination conjured an image of a Victorian lady planting this small and delicate tribute to her one and only love.

I am so impressed by the volunteers’ efforts to restore and maintain the Old City Cemetery.  Take one of the tours.  I promise, it is so worthwhile!