Saturday, October 26, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, October 27, 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Meet at the Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel,
901 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara
10 minutes early to park and pay
Hat, camera, water, questions.
David Petry is the author of The Best Last Place: A History of the Santa Barbara Cemetery. After 10 years of research and over 1,000 cemeteries visited, Petry takes you through Santa Barbara history, the evolution of cemeteries in Santa Barbara and in the United States, and visits the interesting and strange at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, founded 1867.
The tour starts in the world-famous cemetery chapel (architects George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs, murals (world-famous all by themselves), Alfredo Ramos Martinez), You then walk through the mausoleum and then out on the grounds. The tour traverses the oldest section (Montecito), the Veteran’s section, the Chinese burial area, the Santa Barbara founders area, and stops by a few of the cemetery’s screen stars. You get the story of the pyramid, the Ronald and Nancy Reagan (almost) burial site, and of the most expensive private mausoleum west of the Mississippi. You’ll stop for a gaze across the wall at the Huguette Clark Estate (soon to be a cultural center/museum) and glimpse the manse of Beanie Baby mogul Ty Warner. You’ll walk about a mile over grassy ground.
Contact for questions:
805 689 3423