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.
A History of Death
An Encore Presentation
How did ancient Egyptians bury their loved ones if they couldn't quite afford a pyramid? We'll start with the answer to that question and move forward through recorded history to more recent times, taking a look at subjects like Neanderthal burials, mummification, Irish wakes, sky burials, death photography, Victorian customs, the advent of the funeral home, green burials, and more.
Join Elmwood Executive Director Kim Bearden at 1:00 pm for a 45 minute presentation on funerals, folklore, and how we've come to memorialize our loved ones during this indoor, seated talk. Snacks will be served. Cost is $20 per person and advance registration is highly recommended. Call 901-774-3212 with questions.
Love on the Rocks
Everyone enjoys a good love story, don't they? Join us for a tour of the cemetery on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 pm and we'll take you 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 and laughing out loud.
This tour is a great gift for the Valentine in your life. Bob Barnett, Elmwood's Assistant Director, begins the tour 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. Registration is $20 per person. Adults only, please! 18 and over.
For more information, call 901-774-3212.
The Plagues of Early Memphis: Part I
Typhus, typhoid fever...yellow fever, malaria...diphtheria, dropsy...gun shot?! "It's complicated"? Oh yes. We're talking about the causes of death for the settlers of Memphis during a 45 minute indoor, seated presentation on Sunday, February 23rd at 1:00 pm. Join Executive Director Kim Bearden for beer, wine and other beverages, light snacks, and a look at what it was that killed us in the good old days.
Advance registration and a fascination with the subject matter is required. Registration is $20 per person. This is an 18+ event. For more information, please call 901-774-3212.
The Plagues of Early Memphis: Part II
Debility. Brain fever. Dengue. Rheumatism. "Mania a portu"?
Back by popular demand! Join Executive Director Kim Bearden for an indoor, seated presentation on the diseases that took the lives of early Memphians. This presentation is perfect for anyone interested in Memphis history and frontier medicine. If you've seen Part I and want more, this this one's just for you!
We'll meet at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 23rd at 3:00 pm in the Chapel. Light snacks/beer & wine will be served. Cost is $20 per person. Limited space available, so register soon!
Join Our Volunteer Crew
Have you been on a tour of Elmwood and thought to yourself how much you'd like to learn how to do what we do? Do you like history, trees, exercise, meeting new people with whom you share an appreciation - nay, a love of - all that good stuff?
Do you eat lunch at least once a day?
Do you really want one of our Volunteer t-shirts?
Well, there's just one thing to do: come have lunch with us on Tuesday, Feb 25th at 11:30 am. Bring your desire to help a growing tour guide program for an old (but still very good looking) active historic nonprofit cemetery.
Please email Amanda at elmcem [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know you're coming. If you need directions, more information, or you simply prefer talking to an actual human being, call our office at 901-774-3212.
The Memphis Upstanders Tour
The older I get the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled, the more I gain.
-Susan B. Anthony
Another new offering from Elmwood Cemetery! Assistant Director Bob Barnett will guide guests on a 90 minute walking tour of the activists and agitators who rest beneath our trees. You will visit civil rights activists, suffragists, political leaders, business people, and clergy on this tour. These are the people that stood up and made the world a better place - and they were from Memphis.
This tour begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 29th. We will cover a great deal of the cemetery grounds on foot and excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Advance registration is required by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. $20 per person; all proceeds go to the maintenance of Elmwood Cemetery.
The Emerald Isle: The Irish (& Scots!) of Elmwood
Erin go Bragh! Join the staff of Elmwood Cemetery in the Lord's Chapel at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 15th for a unique treat in recognition of St. Patrick's Day.
We'll kick off with Irish-themed treats, and beer and wine will be served. Next, we will offer a 45 minute seated presentation on the Irish and the Scots who rest at Elmwood and their fascinating lives. Stories of influence, success, and good old pluck will be told!
Advance registration for this event is required. Registration is $20 per person. For more information, call 901-774-3212.
Stories of Stone
The monuments at Elmwood Cemetery have their own stories to tell. Carved into the stones are wreaths, scrolls, hands, grapes, anchors, doves, flowers, and so much more. What do these symbols mean? We're offering you an opportunity to find out.
Join staff member Amanda Knight for the Stories of Stone walking tour through Elmwood Cemetery and learn what the monuments are trying to tell you. The tour will begin at 1:00 pm. Weather-appropriate clothing and good walking shoes are recommended. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will focus on the west side of the cemetery, where many massive monuments are located.
Admission is $20 per person and registration is required.
April Fools: Famous People Not Buried At Elmwood
Who are the famous people buried at Elmwood? Not these folks! Join us for a 90 minute walking tour of the cemetery and we'll visit interesting grave 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 1:00 PM at the historic Cottage. The cost is $20 per person. Good walking shoes are recommended. Call us with questions at 901-774-3212.
The Blue & The Gray
Confederate Rest. Generals Gideon Pillow, A.J. Vaughan, John Fizer, Elkanah Greer, Smith Pyne Bankhead. Herman Frank Arnold, composer of "Dixie." Ginny Moon, Confederate spy. Union General William Smith.
These are just a few of the sites of interest at Elmwood for the student of the Civil War.
Join long-time Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison for this special two hour walking tour of the Elmwood grounds. This tour experience will enhance the your knowledge of the lives of the men and women whose lives were touched by the Civil War.
This all-walking tour begins at 2:00 pm. $20 per person.