The Gualala Cemetery was established in the late 1870s by lumber mill owner Zemri Heywood, and is the final resting place for the men, women and children of pioneer families that settled the Mendonoma Coast and town of Gualala. It is located within the Mill Bend Preserve.

Today, thanks to the generous donations and tireless onsite efforts of dedicated volunteers, the site has been cleared, and the perimeter fencing rebuilt. Grave monuments are being repaired, and original family plot borders are being restored over the coming year. Best of all, its future preservation is now assured by a non-profit land trust. But there is still much work to be done.

Video by Allen Francis

Gualala Cemetery Families

Follow the links below to explore Gualala pioneer family histories!

Did You Get to This Page from the Cemetery Kiosk QR Code?

If so, the kiosk plot map shows the known grave locations of burials at this site. Red dots on the map show the locations of QR Codes that may be scanned to link you to family histories of persons buried there.

Are You a Descendant?

We want to connect with you!

Our family history project seeks to document the lives and contributions of those buried here. Please contact us at: kay4bioenergy@aol.com

Know Before You Go

Stay a while and scan the QR codes at each plot to explore pioneer family histories. Benches are provided.

At this time doggie bag dispenser, bathrooms and garbage cans are not provided.

Property Map

To get to Gualala Cemetery…

Photo credits: Header Video – Joel Chaban; Mill Bend Pioneer Cemetery Video – Allen Francis; Gualala Cemetery Families Grave Markers – Marilyn Green; Gualala Cemetery Families Family Photos – Pioneer Family Relatives; Kiosk – Joel Chaban; Man on Car Hood – Louis Peterson Family; QR Code Sign – Marilyn Green