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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.  

Sep
17

Read In Peace: The Elmwood Cemetery Book Club

"Fever Season" by Jeanette Keith

Join the Read In Peace Book Club and Elmwood's new Assistant Director, Bob Barnett, as he leads a discussion on Fever Season by Jeanette Keith: 

While the American South had grown to expect a yellow fever breakout almost annually, the 1878 epidemic was without question the worst ever. Moving up the Mississippi River in the late summer, in the span of just a few months the fever killed more than eighteen thousand people.  

For more information about this text, click here, or visit our store to purchase.

The RIP Book Club is free and open to all. Reservations are recommended. Please email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to make reservations. Donations to Elmwood's Lot Book Preservation Program are accepted and appreciated.

Begins at 10:00 AM and lasts about one hour.

Sep
27

The Cycle of Life Tour

A bicycle tour through Elmwood

Tour Elmwood Cemetery from the back of your bike! The rolling hills of Elmwood will provide you with a moderate (some might even call it "high") level of exercise while you learn about Memphis through the stories of those who rest at Elmwood. 

This tour will begin at 10:30 AM and last about 90 minutes. If you have questions about the route, please email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org or call Kelly at 901-774-3212.  Admission is $15. 

Register today »

Oct
1

Haunted Memphis

A Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Presentation

Author and lifelong resident Laura Cunningham expertly blends fright with history and presents the ghostly legends from Beale to Bartlett, Germantown to Collierville, in this one-of-a-kind volume no resident or visitor should be without.

This review is found online here. To purchase, please visit our store.

Join us for a Lunch & Lecture Presentation as author Laura Cunningham discusses "Haunted Memphis" on Wednesday, October 1st at noon. 

Admission is $7. Register by emailing historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org. Feel free to bring your lunch; cookies and drinks are provided. 

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Oct
25

9th ANNUAL COSTUME TWILIGHT TOUR

Meet the residents of Elmwood

History comes alive.

If you have never visited Elmwood, this tour is the best way to get to know the cemetery and the individuals who rest here. Costumed characters portraying Elmwood residents will introduce you to the history of Memphis' oldest active cemetery.

This all-walking tour will begin at 4:00 p.m. Tour groups will depart from the Cottage every ten minutes and the last tour will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Special Note: The grounds of the cemetery will be CLOSED beginning at noon on Saturday, October 25th. The gates will re-open at 4PM for the Costume Twilight Tour.  

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15. Tickets will be $20 the day of the event.

Children under 12 will be admitted free.  

This event takes place rain or shine. 

For our mobility-impaired visitors, we recommend that you call ahead and speak with Bob Barnett or Kimberly McCollum regarding tour route information. Call 901-774-3212.

Elmwood is grateful to the Crawford-Howard Private Foundation for their generous support of the Costume Twilight Tour.

Register today »

Nov
1

Spirits with the Spirits

Glasses are raised, fallen trees rise again as art, high notes rise and high steps go down, and - truth be told - fortunes rise and fall in the storied dark.

Saturday, November 1, spirits rise in Elmwood, and the party's on at 7 pm.

Miss this and you'll be sorry, like, forever. 

SPIRITS WITH THE SPIRITS

When Memphis parties in the cemetery.

Saturday, November 1, in Elmwood.

$60 per body, $100 per couple.

This is a "rain or shine" event.  Tickets are non-refundable.

DRESS: Black & White casual, costumes and characters most welcome. 

Click here to purchase tickets for this event. 

Nov
8

Tree Tour of Elmwood

A Walking Tour of Elmwood's Arboretum

Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 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! The trees of Elmwood are so beloved that the cemetery was even named for a tree.

Join us for this tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $10 per person. This all-walking tour begins at 10:30 a.m.  Call 901-774-3212 for more information.

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Nov
9

Stone College

An Elmwood University Workshop

Elmwood is known for its large collection of Victorian funerary art. Students enrolling in Stone College will be trained to assist in the preservation of Elmwood’s oldest and most fragile monuments. This workshop will focus on cleaning, leveling and restoring monuments. Graduates of this two and a half hour workshop will be invited to participate in scheduled monument cleanings and restoration events throughout the year. 

Class will meet on Sunday, November 9th at 1 PM. Tuition to attend Elmwood University is $25 per person. Please wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes that you would not mind getting dirty as this is a hands-on workshop.

For more information, call 901-774-3212 or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org.  

Register today »

Nov
13

They Came To America

A Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Presentation

The United States is a land of immigrants. Many would find their way to what would become Memphis. They would settle and work hard to create a richly complex land of possibilities. Join long-time Elmwood volunteer Mable Barringer as she explores the history of Memphis through the lives of the people who built our city, and their wildly divergent pasts. 

You are invited to bring a sack lunch to this presentation. Cookies and drinks are served. Starts at noon. The cost is $7 per person. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Call 901-774-3212 for more information.

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Nov
15

Scandals & Scoundrels

A Walking Tour

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 have 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 all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $15/person.  Starts at 10:30 AM. 

 

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Nov
19

Read In Peace: The Elmwood Cemetery Book Club

Join the Read In Peace Book Club this month for a discussion of "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts" by Neil White:

"Following conviction for bank fraud, White spent a year in a minimum-security prison in Carville, La., housed in the last leper colony in mainland America. His fascinating memoir reflects on the sizable group of lepers living alongside the prisoners, social outcasts among the motley inmate crew of drug dealers, mob types and killers. Narrating in colorful, entertaining snapshots, White introduces the reader to an excellent supporting cast in his imprisonment..."

More of the review can be found here.

The meeting begins at 10 AM and lasts about an hour. Reserve your seat at the table by emailing historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org. Free to the public; donations to Elmwood's Lot Book Preservation Fund are appreciated.  

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