Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

By popular demand we organized a meetup at the rural cemetery. Here is your chance to check it out and play! We may even create a few ghostly images ourselves.

With plenty of ghost stories the Santa Rosa rural cemetery is touted as one of the spookiest places in Wine Country.

If you want to hang out after the meetup, we will stop here for a great burger.

Carmen's Burger Bar

 1612 Terrace WaySanta Rosa, CA 95404
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Here is a brief history

Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery was established as the result of an accident. In November of 1854 a young father, who had arrived from Missouri only a matter of weeks before, drowned in a pond near the center of town. He was buried on land that was part of a Mexican grant given to one of the earliest settlers of Santa Rosa, Doña Maria Ignacia Lopez de Carrillo. Soon other families needed burial places, and the area became an unofficial cemetery. In 1867 the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Association was formed and burial plots in the 17-acre site were formally offered for sale.

Sales of plots continued through 1930, through records of these transactions have been lost. During this period of 70-plus years, parts of the land were sold off, and three separate but adjacent cemeteries were established: the Stanley, Moke, and Fulkerson Cemeteries. Today the four cemeteries combined are owned by the City of Santa Rosa and known collectively as Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. The only burials permitted today are those of descendants of families who held deeds to cemetery plots. The total number of burials is over 5200.

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  • Butch C.

    Fun place to shoot, target rich environment

    March 19, 2013

  • Erick

    Was something different for me. Too bad I spent more time learning a new camera rather than taking good photos. It was nice to see some familiar faces again.

    March 18, 2013

    • John C.

      You have a full reservoir of good work, Erick.

      March 18, 2013

  • Therese M.

    Loved it, was my first meetup and I would most certainly come again.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Wonderful event for my first outing with this group. I wish I could have stayed until the end to interact more. I loved the "soulful" light :-) , the shadows, trees and exquisite textures and contrasts!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Nicole G.

    Such a lovely introduction to the group! I had a great time, and can't wait to meet up with everyone again.

    2 · March 17, 2013

  • Allan C.

    My first visit to the cemetery was a stellar choice for my first meetup. It was stimulating to see so many people enthusiastically capturing images with such a broad range of cameras.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Philip P.

    Had a terrific time. Was sorry I could not stay after to meet more of you directly.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Paul F.

    The "Whats New" section of the home page is not updating photo uploads or comments for me.

    March 17, 2013

  • Tom D.

    It was a mix of emotions, being that we were in a cemetery and we wished to respect the dead and the families of those buried there. All the Puritan grey grave markers in all different sizes and with much wear and tear were surrounded by stately old trees, the new grass of spring with Periwinkle & Daffodils adding new life to this special place... I loved being there with everyone.

    2 · March 17, 2013

  • Mark De S.

    are we tagging these on flickr? Where are we uploading?

    March 16, 2013

    • Mark De S.

      Thanks, Paula. Do we have a limit of how many we can upload?

      March 16, 2013

    • paula p.

      Mark, Sorry for calling you John...i was copying/pasting. There is no limit.

      March 17, 2013

  • Remy G.

    Another beautiful location and great turnout. This group is so talented!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • paula p.

    It was "dead"licious : Quote from my Zombie friend.

    March 17, 2013

  • Marlene H.

    A "spook"tacular outing! Thank you!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • John C.

    Can anyone tell me if there is a website to which we upload our favorite pictures from this event?

    March 16, 2013

    • paula p.

      Hi John. Go to the top of this page. Click on photos. The click into the Cemetery event. From there you can upload your photos.

      2 · March 16, 2013

  • paula p.

    20 stars for this group! Ray and Remy work hard to give us a wonderful time. Tonight we did night time shooting and I learned tons from Ray.

    3 · March 16, 2013

  • Iris S.

    My first event with this group. I had a great time meeting some of you. Thank you Ray & Remy for the welcome! Over the years I've taken many photos at the rural cemetery plus spent many hours there drawing. It's been several years since I've visited but I must say that some of it looked much different from what I remember. Where are we to upload our favorite shots?

    March 16, 2013

  • John C.

    Great location for a variety of photographs. Light changed considerably over the course of the event. Lots of colors, textures, and studies.

    March 16, 2013

  • Linda C.

    Interesting place - I never knew it existed before this

    March 16, 2013

  • Mark De S.

    original digital rebel was not resurrected. I don't have chargers for the batteries. But my son still wants to go so I'm packing him and my T3I and will be there shortly after 4pm. See you!

    March 16, 2013

  • Carol S.

    Home sick. Have fun!

    March 16, 2013

  • Matt R.

    Shooting in Cemetery? Is this legal, either ways I'll be there.

    March 2, 2013

    • Debralee E.

      I wouldn't worry too much about the residents suing. haha.

      March 16, 2013

  • Bruce J.

    I have a habit of getting to everything early. Today is no exception. Enjoying a beer and tacos

    March 16, 2013

    • Tom D.

      Bruce, you are early! I just left the Jack London Saloon patio... I'll probably will be late getting to the cemetery since I'm interested in shooting closer to sunset and after.

      March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If I don't get on the ball I will be late like usual!!!

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My camera is AWOL. I'll show up if there is any interest in having an antique model to shoot at. Let me know how you want me dressed (or un) I can bring some fire fighting gear to wear if anyone is interested.

    March 16, 2013

  • David R

    Provided everything "ghost" as planned, I will be there. LQQking forward to meeting all of you!

    March 15, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    can't make it after all, watching the grandbaby all weekend. catch you at the next one!

    March 15, 2013

  • C. Cecelia A.

    This is my first outing with this group.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My camera is AWOL. I'll show up if there is any interest in having an antique model to shoot at. Let me know how you want me dressed (or un) I can bring some fire fighting gear to wear if anyone is interested.

    March 15, 2013

  • Chas

    Can't do it Ray. WOuld like to, but no way I'll be back from the hike.

    March 15, 2013

  • Mark De S.

    I'm going to resurrect my original digital rebel and bring my son so he can shoot with us. I'm excited!

    March 15, 2013

  • John H.

    First time with the group!

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Larry - GoldDoor S.

    room for one more i hope ...

    March 14, 2013

  • Ray M.

    For those that are staying after dark don’t forget to bring a flash light and a tripod.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Ray M.

    As for the end time, well this group has a tendency to linger so I don’t think there is a stop time. For those that want to get a bit to eat after the meetup we can set a time for that when we meet at the beginning.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Ray M.

    Sorry about the early start time we did not take into account the time change when we put this on the calendar. Maybe we can take the extra time a have a question and answer period be for we get started.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Jaime D.

    My first time. Excited!!

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • John S.

    So, if we have a potluck afterwards, who's bringing the ghoul-ash?

    March 13, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    What time does this event end?

    March 13, 2013

    • Tom D.

      Once the shooting stops and we're all dead [tired]!

      Seriously, sunset isn't until around 7:15... I love the long shadows and the 'after sunset' soft light.
      So maybe I'll get there... shoot... take a break and have a burger ... and return for taking more photos at dusk. I'll see how the spirits move me. :)

      2 · March 13, 2013

  • Paul F.

    Almost 70 attendees signed up so far. I guess most people are not "spooked" out about the location.

    March 12, 2013

    • Jon S.

      Seems really like most people are dying to be there. (Sorry, no one said it yet??)!

      March 12, 2013

  • Cecilia

    Was sooooo looking forward to this, but things changed and I can't make it :-(

    March 12, 2013

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    Great place to shoot. Sorry to miss it

    March 12, 2013

  • Nik C.

    I've read somewhere there is a camera setting just for the dead: Autopsy (groan) :)

    March 11, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    I believe that the cemetery jokes have used to death.:-)

    March 11, 2013

  • Nik C.

    ... and the 'plot' thickens... this is one of those occasions... "to die for" LOL

    2 · March 7, 2013

    • Nik C.

      Looks like em-balmy weather for the event...

      March 10, 2013

    • John S.

      I'd say they're lookin' up.

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I Like Cemeteries. My cameras have stop working each time I shot in a cementery.

    1 · March 1, 2013

    • John S.

      Dead batteries?

      March 11, 2013

  • Jon S.

    Can't come this time, but live 3 blocks away and already have hundreds of photos from this place. :)

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Nik C.

    Love all the witty puns... here's one more: The living may have tomorrow... the dead have tomb-orrow LOL

    March 11, 2013

  • Paul F.

    I "shutter" to think what we'll be experiencing at this locale.

    March 10, 2013

    • Marlene H.

      It will be "spook"-tacula­r, no doubt!

      March 11, 2013

  • Ruth O.

    I don't think anyone will be grave-ly disturbed by our presence!

    March 10, 2013

  • Philip P.

    Looking Forward

    March 10, 2013

  • Mindy B.

    My husband said, "the morbid the merrier!"

    1 · March 10, 2013

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