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.
Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable. Coupons are used for "Elmwood 101" tours only.
What Lies Beneath
This tour is now sold out!
What's hiding in the archives at Elmwood?
Gather on Saturday, January 28th at 1 PM for refreshments with Assistant Director Bob Barnett as he shares Elmwood's stories, secrets, and hidden treasures. You'll learn about the historic, unique building and its furnishings, like the desk that once belonged to Gen. A.J. Vaughan. Hear about “Frozen Charlottes,” the mysterious little dolls left on Elmwood graves more than 100 years ago. You'll see the actual burial records from two centuries ago, printed in gorgeous pen-and-ink, and much more. The cost is $15.
For more information call 901-774-3212.
Love on the Rocks
Everyone enjoys a good love story, don't they? Join us for a tour of the cemetery to the sites of those who have loved deeply...and lost! These sometimes tragic tales of love gone wrong might leave you scratching your head, laughing, or dropping your jaw!
This tour is a great gift for the Valentine in your life. Bob Barnett, Elmwood's Assistant Director, begins at 10:30AM at the Elmwood Cottage. This walking tour takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and be prepared to learn about the history of Memphis in a totally entertaining way. The cost is $20 per person. Adults only, please!
Suds and Stories
Join us for beer, snacks, and a light-hearted historical presentation on the men and women of the Emerald Coast who rest at Elmwood! We will meet in the Chapel at 1:00 pm. Don't worry, the weather might be iffy, but we'll enjoy our time indoors for this 45 minute presentation.
Who doesn't enjoy beer and history? The cost is $15 per person. Advance registration is required! Call us at 901-774-3212 for more information.
April Fools: Famous People Not Buried At Elmwood
Who is buried at Elmwood and is famous? Not these folks! Join us for a 90 minute walking tour of the cemetery and we'll visit sites where people like Andrew Jackson, Mick Jagger, and Abraham Lincoln are absolutely not buried. That's not to say they don't have a connection to Elmwood, though!
We'll start at 10:30AM at the historic Cottage. The cost is $20 per person. Good walking shoes are recommended. Call us with questions at 901-774-3212.
Elmwood & The Civil War
When Elmwood Cemetery was founded in 1852, the original proprietors set aside eight acres of land for the interment of veterans who died in the line of fire. Little did they know that soon that land would be needed. There are over 1,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War resting at Elmwood. We invite you to learn some of this history.
Civil War Historian and Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison will lead this walking tour through the cemetery. This tour will last 2 hours. The cost is $20 per person. Starts at 10:30 AM. For more information, call 774-3212.
Easter Egg Hunt
The cemetery staff and volunteers invite our youngest of friends to join us for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 AM! This fun event is open to kids up to age 10.
Make sure to bring your Easter basket so that you can find plenty of eggs. We'll hide a prize egg, too. The Easter bunny will even be joining us for photos!
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required! Simply email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org and let us know how many kids you are bringing.
We will begin on time - parents, please be prompt! Call with questions at 901-774-3212.
African-American History Tour
The south's first African-American millionaire. A hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. The city's first African-American schoolteacher. These are only three of the individuals you will learn about, and visit, during this African-American History Tour of Elmwood.
This walking tour will be lead by Elmwood volunteer Mable Barringer and will last approximately 90 minutes. Walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are suggested. Register for this event by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. Cost is $20 per person. Starts at 10:30 AM.
Evening Stroll at Elmwood
Join us for an evening walking tour through the grounds of the cemetery. This tour begins at 6:00 p.m. and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Admission is $20 per person and advance registration is required.
This tour will be given by Elmwood's Executive Director Kim McCollum. Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.
Evening strolls through Elmwood are offered only during warmer months. Our Evening Stroll tours quickly sell out, so make your reservations today! Call us at 901-774-3212 with questions.
Scandals & Scoundrels
Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous. Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Everyone has a story...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 all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20/person and begins at 1:00 pm.
BYOBike at Elmwood
Join volunteer Cookie Swain as she leads a bicycle tour of Elmwood Cemetery on Sunday, April 30th at 2pm. Bring your bike and enjoy a lovely spring afternoon of cycling back through the history of Memphis with a knowledgeable and fun tour guide! $15 per person. Our bicycle tours are big hits - register today!