Founded in the 1850s, Evergreen Cemetery is situated on a portion of twenty-seven acres of land that was granted to the city by the Republic of Texas. The cemetery came about gradually as a replacement for Victoria’s first community cemetery, now known as Memorial Square. Many citizens originally buried there were re-interred at Evergreen as well as those re-interred when Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church was razed in 1868. Evergreen Cemetery now spans 30 acres and has more than 9,000 graves. Within the grounds of the cemetery you will find many historic gravesites including those of Victoria’s founder Don Martin de Leon and his wife, Doña Patricia de la Garza de Leon.