Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery

If you happen to find yourself in Sacramento with some time on your hands, I highly recommend taking a stroll through the Old City Cemetery. While the thought of touring a cemetery may seem odd, I assure you that this one is worth the detour. We were there on a Sunday and the site was teeming with workers, primarily gardeners. I soon understood why—the place was filled with flowers and plants of all varieties. While famous denizens include John Sutter, Jr. (founder of Sacramento), railroad magnate Mark Hopkins, William Hamilton (youngest son of Alexander Hamilton), and art collector E. B. Crocker, it was mostly the statuary on lesser-known graves that caught my eye. And the flowers, my god, the flowers.

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Seriously, I like historic cemeteries in general, but even putting that aside, this is one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever been in.

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2 thoughts on “Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery”

  1. This is so beautiful! I’m adding it as a stop next time we’re in Sacramento. And that first photo is so great — the statue framed by a large palm tree and toppled tombstones! So perfect.

    1. Thanks! The featured photo and the first photo are actually the same tomb. I first saw it from the back and the statue struck me as so peaceful and then later while walking back to the main entrance I saw it in the full glory of its setting. We were on our way to meet my niece or I would have stayed much longer to get shots of all the flowers. You definitely have to check it out!

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