History is Recognized at Gulf Cemetery

December 2, 2013 by Kurt Lischka

A tour of the 40 acres at Gulf Cemetery reveals many memorials, remembrances, personal items, tombstones (some weathered with unreadable inscriptions), simple wooden crosses, photos and homemade plaques. The nearly 100-year-old resting place is just a short walk from the beach at Gulf Place.

Gulf Cemetery Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Tax deductible donations and the sale of lots help with repairs and upkeep of the site.

The Historical Marker Council in Tallahassee recently designated Gulf Cemetery as a State of Florida Heritage Site. The Cemetery was established in 1914 and is located on the highest point in Santa Rosa Beach, fronting Scenic Highway 393. 

The historical marker requires three months to manufacture and plans are to hold an unveiling at the cemetery's 100th birthday on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. For more information  visit


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