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.
Cemetery Cinema: Vertigo
Swain Wealth Partners proudly presents Elmwood Cemetery's second film of the summer movie series, Vertigo.
Join us for an evening of outdoor film on Friday, August 18th. The gate will open at 7:00 pm. A short film produced by Propaganda TV will start the show at 8 pm, and the feature film will begin at 8:20.
Once your ticket is purchased, your name will go on a list which will be checked at admission. Pre-sales ONLY for this event. There will be no ticket sales at the door. You are welcome to print out or save your Paypal receipt on your phone and show it at the gate, but it is not required.
You must bring a lawn chair to this event as seating takes place on asphalt.
Bring a cooler, OR enjoy food the wonderful food for sale by Fuel and MemPops!
THIS IS AN 18 AND OLDER EVENT. Pets and minors are best left in the care of a sitter. Have a date night, parents!
All proceeds from this event will support the maintenance of Elmwood Cemetery, a nonprofit, goodwill organization.
The rain date for this event is Friday, August 25th, same time. Once admission is purchased, refunds will not be issued.
Other questions? Call 901-774-3212.
Yellow Fever: A Tour of the Plague
The history of the Yellow Fever epidemics of 1873, 1878, and 1879 can be found at Elmwood Cemetery. The Howard Association, the Citizens' Relief Committee, the Sisters of St. Mary's, and individuals who fought valiantly against the spread of the scourge rest at Elmwood. Join Assistant Director Bob Barnett for an all-walking tour through the cemetery grounds and learn their stories.
This tour lasts 90 minutes, starts at 10:30 AM, and registration is required. The cost is $20 per person. To register by phone, call 774-3212.
The Voices of Yellow Fever
Yellow fever (also known as Yellow Jack, the American Plague and the Saffron Knight) decimated the city of Memphis for much of the 1870's. So many died of the fever or fled that the city lost its charter, becoming a taxing district under Nashville. This plague would claim thousands of lives. Many of the individuals who tried to help stop the scourge of yellow fever rest at Elmwood.
Join the Elmwood Players as they present a first-person narrative account of what life was like during the yellow fever. You'll meet costumed characters with stories of triumph and tragedy that will leave you breathless.
Lunch is served with this event, which begins at noon in the Chapel. The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Call 901-774-3212 for information or to register.
Cemetery Cinema: Save the date!
This film will be announced the last week of August. Start time: 7:30 pm.
Jimmy Ogle's Elmwood
Jimmy Ogle is a Memphian with a mental bank filled with city ephemera. His stories about Elmwood and total recall will amaze you when you join him for Jimmy Ogle's Elmwood, a walking tour of the cemetery, on September 16th at 1:00pm.
Regarded as one of the most entertaining storytellers in the city, Jimmy weaves a delightful fabric of Memphis history that all will enjoy.
Register online or call 901-774-3212. Admission is $20 per person.
Scandals & Scoundrels
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. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20 per person. Starts at 1:00 PM.
11th Annual Costume Twilight Tour
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 3:30 p.m. Tour groups will depart from the Cottage every ten minutes. Those in line by 5:00 p.m. will be accomodated (the line closes at 5pm)
Special Note: The grounds of the cemetery will be CLOSED beginning at noon on Saturday, October 14th. The gates will re-open at 3:30PM for the Costume Twilight Tour.
Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Pre-sales will end at 3 pm on Friday, October 13th. Children under 12 will be admitted free.
Tickets pre-ordered between October 9th and 12st will be held at Will Call, just outside the gate. All other tickets (wristbands) will be mailed.
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.
All Saints' Day Candlelight Memorial Service
Elmwood Cemetery is a place of remembrance, grief, and love. Elmwood Cemetery's All Saints' Day Memorial Service is dedicated to those who have attained heaven - those who have died, and ascended.
Elmwood invites you to a special Candlelight Memorial Service in the Lord's Chapel on November 1st at 5 PM. This special evening of remembrance is open to all. Visitors will be invited to light a candle on display in the chapel.
This service is free. Space is limited. Please call the Elmwood Office at 901-774-3212, or email kmccollum [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org for information.
BYOBike at Elmwood
Join volunteer Cookie Swain as she leads a bicycle tour of Elmwood Cemetery on Sunday, November 12th 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!