”This Wondrous Place” is located at 401 SE 21st Ave. in Gainesville, Florida. Evergreen Cemetery was established as a private cemetery in 1856. The City of Gainesville assumed ownership in 1944 and it remains the only municipal cemetery in Gainesville. This historic site also functions as an outdoor museum with stories of local historic developmental importance unfolding at every turn on over 50 acres of land.
In addition to the thousands of people to come to Evergreen to attend funerals, the cemetery also attracts visitors with interests in genealogy, tombstone art, photography and native plant material. When visiting the cemetery, guests and patrons can utilize a wonderful cell phone tour that details the lives of historic figures from the area.
Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc.
The Association was established in 1994 to provide support to Evergreen Cemetery for the historical and cultural enrichment of the entire community. This 501©(3) organization seeks to organize and conduct programs and activities, which will enhance community appreciation and support for Evergreen Cemetery in perpetuity. The association also maintains www.thiswondrousplace.org, a website dedicated to sharing the story of Evergreen Cemetery and its importance through tours, a virtual exhibit and photo galleries.
Contact for Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc.:
c/o Mrs. Kit Macdonald, 309 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
Contact Evergreen Cemetery Coordinator: Karen Pruss
Thomas Center, Building B
306 NE 6th Avenue,
Gainesville, Florida 32601
P.O. Box 490, Station 30
Gainesville, Florida 32627-0490
Open 7 Days a week, dawn to dusk.
Non-potable water for irrigation purposes is available Saturday, 8–10 a.m. A sign is posted at entranceway if the system is not available due to repairs or burials. If you turn on a faucet and no water comes out, please turn back the handle to the “off” position. Otherwise, when the system comes back on line, water will run from the faucet. A faucet by the office door may be used to fill containers with water. Since it is on the citywide system, water is always available at this location.
Pets are not allowed in the cemetery. Please see the conduct section of the rules and regulations for more information.
Effective October 1, 2021