Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.
Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.
Once you register for an event through Eventbrite or over the phone you will be added to the registration list for that event. For Eventbrite registrations, you may print your receipt or save it to your mobile device, but it is not necessary. You can simply give your name, or the name of the purchaser, when you arrive for the event.
Registration for all events at Elmwood Cemetery is final and non-refundable.
Training for Youth Education Tour Guides
Are you fascinated by Elmwood Cemetery? Are you a naturally curious person who wants to support a nonprofit organization with the gift of your time? Have you never met a stranger?
Join us to learn how to lead youth education tours of Elmwood Cemetery on Thursday, September 19th at 9:00 am. Staff members will train you how to lead tours for school groups with ease. Good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are advised.
We welcome new friends. Please email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org or call 901-774-3212 and ask for Kelly to sign up.
We're looking forward to meeting you!
After Hours at Elmwood
Want to take a walk though Elmwood after hours?
Join Executive Director Kim Bearden for this history-based tour of the cemetery. We'll begin at 6 pm! This tour and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Admission is $25 per person and advance registration is required.
Evening strolls through Elmwood are offered only during warmer months and there are a limited number of admissions for sale.
Let's go for a walk at twilight through the cemetery.
Cemetery Cinema: Ghostbusters
Generously sponsored by Simmons Bank.
Admissions for this event will go on sale the week of September 9th!
http://www.elmwoodcemetery.org/events/elmwood-cemetery-cinema/ for more information.
Scandals & Scoundrels
Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous. Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Each of them has a story to tell...and some of those stories don't have happy endings.
Join us for a look at the lives of those who contributed the notorious stories of Memphis history that we love to hear. This tour is for grown-ups only, please. Veteran tour guide Dale Schaefer will be the docent for this tour.
This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20 per person. Starts at 10:30 am.
Edgar Allan Poe at Elmwood
The past never seems to stay that way in the works of author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. Poe himself (portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella) returns from beyond to read several of his works, both well-known and forgotten, with a special emphasis on stories that feature those who have gone before us.
Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. He has been featured on National Public Radio, The Harvard Crimson, and the L.A. Review of Books, among others.
This literary presentation is the first of its kind at Elmwood Cemetery. We'll begin at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Limited seating is available, and this authentic reading will sell out! The cost is $20 per person.
This special, dramatic reading is coming to Elmwood Cemetery one day only! Don't miss it!
Preview Performance: Soul of the City
It's the Soul of the City Tour made easy! Join us after work on Thursday, October 24th for an indoor, seated, and totally air-conditioned version of our most popular event of the year.
Several costumed actors will appear for this event and deliver history-based narratives while you relax with us inside the Chapel.
This event is created specifically for mobility-impaired individuals who wish to take part in the Soul of the City Tour.
We will begin at 6 PM. Admission is $15 and there will be only one performance. For more information, call 901-774-3212.
Soul of the City: History Comes Alive
Coming October 24th, 25th, and 26th. Click on the registration link below to learn more!
Tree Tour of Elmwood Cemetery
Elmwood is home to almost 1,400 trees. Many of these trees are tagged, but there's so much more to know about a tree than its scientific and common name. Some of the trees that live in Elmwood are older than the cemetery itself - those are the trees we call witness trees. They lived through the changes taking place around them, silently, majestically, for sometimes 300+ years. We will show you a few of these on this special tree tour.
Join us for this tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $20 per person. The tour will begin at 1:00 pm, lasts about 90 minutes, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.