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.  


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. 


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. 


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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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.

 This event is booked. There will be another class held in the Spring. 



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. 

This event is booked. There will be another in the spring.  



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.