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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.

Once you register for an event through Paypal or over the phone you will be added to the registration list for that event. For Paypal 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. 

Apr
28

Scandals & Scoundrels

A Public Walking Tour of Elmwood's Notorious Residents

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! 

This popular tour will sell out quickly!

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!

This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes and costs $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Starts at 1:00 PM.

May
5

Tree Tour of Elmwood

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 Elmwood volunteer Ruth Martin as she leads a tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $10 per person. This all-walking tour begins at 10:30 a.m.  

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May
12

Mother's Tea

Take time out from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a lovely mid-morning tea at Elmwood. After tea, scones, lemon squares, and other delicious treats, there will be a short but sweet tour of the cemetery grounds. What a grand way to spend a spring Saturday morning!

Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Admission is $35 per person and advance registration is required. This event begins at 10:30 AM. Questions? Call 901-774-3212. 

Please note, this event takes place the day before Mother's Day

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May
19

The Last Word

A Walking Tour

The epitaphs found on the monuments at Elmwood can reveal so much about the lives of those buried here. Many are sweet, some are sad, but there are some that have left visitors scratching their heads and wondering: what's the story behind that?!

We'll visit several compelling sites during this all-new 90 minute walking tour of Elmwood Cemetery! Join Assistant Director Bob Barnett as he unveils some of the stories that have yet been told.  

This all-walking tour, beginning at 10:30 AM, covers a great deal of Elmwood's grounds; excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are highly recommended. Register by clikcing the link below or call 901-774-3212. Cost is $20 per person. This is an 18+ tour of the cemetery.  

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Jun
1

The Memphis Music Tour

A Walking Tour

Memphis musician Willy Bearden leads a tour on Friday, June 1st at 6:00 pm - this tour will surely resonate with you! Join him for an after-hours Memphis Music Tour of Elmwood, where you'll be introduced to the music that echoes through the lives of the people who rest here. 

You'll visit a Confederate composer, a Big Band legend, blues singers, horn players, producers, and more on this 90 minute walking tour. 

Save your spot and register today by clicking the link or call 901-774-3212. Cost is $20 per person.

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Jun
2

Memphis Street Names & Elmwood

A Suds & Stories Event

Who doesn't like beer and history?

Have you ever wondered where the streets of Memphis got their names? Some are named for community leaders, some are named for important moments in time...and some very well-known streets have names whose origins have been debated for decades. Wouldn't you like to know more about the streets you live and drive on?

Elmwood welcomes back former staffer and volunteer Jody Schmidt as she demystifies the history of the streets of Memphis, connecting those stories to the people who rest at Elmwood. We will meet in the air-conditioned comfort of the Chapel at Elmwood.

Snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served during this talk. You're welcome to stroll the cemetery afterwards. 

Early reservations are highly recommended. This event begins at 1 pm. The cost is $15. Want more info? Call us at 901-774-3212. 

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Jun
2

The Blue & The Gray

A Civil War History Tour of Elmwood

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 10:30 AM. $20 per person. 

 

Jun
10

Book Event With Lisa Wingate - 2 PM event

Author of "Before We Were Yours"

This listing is for the 2pm book event!

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

Meet author Lisa Wingate for a reading from her New York Times Bestselling work Before We Were Yours on Sunday, June 10th at 2:00 pm in the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery. This book event is free to the public with donations being accepted to support Elmwood Cemetery's book preservation fund. About the book:

"Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals - in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country - Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong."  

Wingate will take questions and sign copies of her book after the reading. 

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

About the author: 

http://lisawingate.com/blog3/about-lisa/

Jun
10

Book event with Lisa Wingate - 5 PM event

Author of "Before We Were Yours"

This is for the 5 pm book event!

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

Meet author Lisa Wingate for a reading from her New York Times Bestselling work Before We Were Yourson Sunday, June 10th at 5:00 pm in the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery. This book event is free to the public with donations being accepted to support Elmwood Cemetery's book preservation fund. About the book:

"Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals - in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country - Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong."  

Wingate will take questions and sign copies of her book after the reading. 

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

About the author: 

http://lisawingate.com/blog3/about-lisa/

Jun
16

Jimmy Ogle's Elmwood

A Very Personalized Walking Tour (10:30 AM version)

This tour is the 10:30 AM tour! 

Historian Jimmy Ogle has delivered many hundreds of presentations on the history of the city of Memphis. His work has focused on the Gayoso Bayou, the Commercial Appeal, the wreck of the Sultana, and the story of the Civil War. This tour will illuminate Jimmy's favorite sites at Elmwood Cemetery. 

Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker; advance registration is highly recommended. This tour will begin at 10:30 am. Cost is $20. For more information, call 901-774-3212. 

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