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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 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. 


Preview Performance: Soul of the City

It's the Soul of the City Tour made easy! Join us after work on Thursday, October 25th for an indoor, seated, and totally air-conditioned version of our most popular event of the year. Several costumed actors will appear for this event and deliver history-based narratives while you relax with us inside the Chapel. 

This event is fantastic for mobility-impaired individuals who wish to take part in the Soul of the City Tour! We will begin at 6 P.M. Admission is $15 and there will be only one performance. For more information, call 901-774-3212.

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The Soul of the City

Elmwood Rises October 26-27

Note: tickets are available online ONLY this year. Admission will not be sold at the gate. 

Saints and sinners. Patriarchs and politicians. Suffragists, scoundrels, leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Veterans of all the wars, and many more.

This year, we’re expanding your all-access pass to Memphis history.

Join us Friday, October 26th or Saturday, October 27th for a tour like none other. Elmwood Cemetery presents The Soul of the City, a two-night engagement that will introduce you to some of the storied folks buried in your city cemetery.

Tours will begin at 5 pm and run nonstop throughout both evenings until the last group enters the cemetery at 8pm.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting Kim Bearden at kim [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org or calling 901-774-3212.

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BYOBike at Elmwood

A bicycle tour of the cemetery

Join volunteer Cookie Swain as she leads a bicycle tour of Elmwood Cemetery on Sunday, November 4th at 2pm. Bring your bike and enjoy a lovely fall 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!


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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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