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.
The Plagues of Early Memphis: SOLD OUT
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 Saturday, February 23rd at 1pm. 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.
Walk With Me
We hear it frequently: "I've never been to Elmwood."
We're inviting you to change that.
Join us for an introduction to Elmwood Cemetery on the Saturday afternoon of your choosing (March 9th, 16th, or 23rd), starting at 1:00 pm. We'll invite you in to the Cottage to check in and then set out on foot for a 90 minute glimpse into Memphis from long ago. You'll see ancient trees and magnificent monuments as you stroll with your tour guide down winding carriage paths. Tour Guide Amanda Knight will share stories of old Memphis and the early days of Elmwood.
Pick your date and we'll see you soon. Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are highly recommended. Need specific information? Call 901-774-3212
The Emerald Isle: The Irish (& Scots!) of Elmwood
Erin go Bragh! Join the staff of Elmwood Cemetery in the Lord's Chapel at 2 pm on Sunday, March 17th for a unique treat in recognition of St. Patrick's Day.
We'll kick off the evening with delicious Irish-themed treats, and beer, wine, and other beverages. 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.
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 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 2PM at the historic Cottage. The cost is $20 per person. Good walking shoes are recommended. Call us with questions at 901-774-3212.
Jimmy Ogle's Tour of Elmwood Cemetery
All tours are now sold out.
Historian Jimmy Ogle has delivered hundreds of presentations on the history of the city of Memphis and he's always a hit! His work has focused on the Gayoso Bayou, the Commercial Appeal, the wreck of the Sultana, and so much more. This walking tour of Elmwood will illuminate Jimmy's favorite sites at the cemetery. He's offering it twice in one day - and both tours feature completely different sites.
Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker, and advance registration is highly recommended. These tours are expected to sell out. Tours are offered at either 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, or 5:00 PM. Cost is $20. For more information, call 901-774-3212.
Memories: A Reception With Jimmy Ogle
For years, beloved Shelby County Historian Jimmy Ogle has enchanted history-lovers with stories of bygone days and moments that made Memphis great. We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 6th at 6:30 for a reception with Jimmy in the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood. We'll serve beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. At 7, Jimmy will give a 45 minute presentation on his favorite stories of Memphis past.
Admission is $40 per person. This reception is limited in space and it absolutely will sell out quickly! We strongly recommend buying admission soon if you'd like to come. Questions? Call 901-774-3212.
Easter Egg Hunt
The cemetery staff and volunteers invite our youngest of friends to join us for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 13th at 9:00 AM! This free, fun event is open to kids up to age 10.
Make sure to bring your Easter basket so that you can find plenty of eggs. We'll hide a prize egg, too. The Easter bunny will even be joining us for photos!
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required! Please register your children so we know how many are coming.
We will begin on time - parents, please be prompt! Call with questions at 901-774-3212.
Still We Rise: African-American Women of Elmwood History Tour
Join volunteer tour guide Mable Barringer as she leads guests on a tour to visit some of the outstanding African-American Women who rest within Elmwood. Tales of political leaders, poets, teachers, Civil Rights activists, stories of community and much more will be shared during this 2 hour walking tour. The tour begins at 1:00 pm.
This tour covers a great deal of the cemetery grounds. We recommend excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Advance registration is required and can be made by clicking on the link below or calling 901-774-3212. The cost is $20 per guest; all proceeds from the tour will benefit the maintenance of Elmwood Cemetery.
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. Veteran tour guide Dale Schaefer will be the docent for this tour.
This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20 per person. Starts at 10:30 am.
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. If you've attended this event before then you know how divine it is - and that early registration is highly recommended, because it will sell out!
Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Admission is $40 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.