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.
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.
A Musical Salute for Veterans Day
Some of the most beautiful and compelling art songs from the World War I era were written by British composers George Butterworth, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Gerald Finzi, Ivor Gurney, and others. For Veterans Day the Beethoven Club concert will present Paul Murray, baritone, and Brian Ray, pianist, in a program reflecting the thoughts of those who lived through the horror of those days. These songs have not lost any of their meaning today even though one hundred years have passed.
Join us at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 10th for this concert in the Lord's Chapel. Refreshments will be served.
Admission to this concert is free, but reservations are required.
Tombs In Transit
The Winchester Cemetery that once acted of the city's burial grounds is no longer operational. Known today as Winchester Park, the old cemetery struggled over many years until it gave up the ghost with the final burial taking place in 1874.
Many of the people who were once buried in Winchester Cemetery were relocated to Elmwood Cemetery, just a few miles away, when Winchester closed. We've created a tour of Elmwood and the final (final) resting places of those early city residents. We'll share with you a bit of fascinating information on the history of Winchester Cemetery and its founders.
Join us Saturday, November 16 at 1:00. This is a fresh tour and full of great information about Elmwood Cemetery, Winchester Cemetery, and Memphis. This tour is for those who love old cemeteries and the history of Memphis.