The second oldest cemetery in Orange County, Yorba Cemetery closed its gates in 1939. After repeated vandalism, the OC Parks system took over the land and are in the process of restoring the cemetery. The cemetery houses the bodies of the Peralta and Yorba families, however most of the headstones and grave markers have been stolen or defaced. Two community volunteers are in the process of placing white crosses in the proper places where the gravestones once stood. This is a painstaking process, consisting of researching photographic and paper references from historical sources. Tours of the Yorba Cemetery are available on the first Saturday of the month. You can check the tour status by calling the phone numbers here.
Despite the rough treatment the cemetery received in the past, it really is a lovely little spot. Tucked away discreetly, and ajacent to Woodgate Park, the cemetery is locked except for tour days. It’s definitely worth a stroll, especially for those interested in Orange County history.
More information about Yorba Cemetery can be found here.