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.
American Sign Language Tour
Elmwood Cemetery is proud to partner with DeafConnect, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower deaf individuals and their families, for a history tour given in American Sign Language. This is the first tour of its kind at Elmwood and is specifically designed to meet the needs and curiosity of deaf individuals who would like to know more about the history of the oldest active cemetery in Memphis. Tour guides will be Jessie Coss and Summer Chappell, DeafConnect Director of Community Services/Certified Interpreter of ASL.
This tour is a pay-what-you-can history tour of Elmwood and will be all-walking for 90 minutes. This tour will start at 2:00 pm. Good walking shoes are recommended. Donations will be collected at the beginning of the tour.
Reservations are requested! Please let us know you're coming so that we can plan accordingly. This tour is limited to 35 individuals.
Questions? Email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org.
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 $20. Pre-sales will end at 3 pm on Friday, October 13th. Children under 12 will be admitted free.
Tickets are available this year online only. There will be no admissions sold at the gate. This event will sell out! We encourage you to purchase tickets well in advance.
This event takes place rain or shine.
For our mobility-impaired visitors, we recommend that you call ahead and speak with Bob Barnett or Kim Bearden regarding tour route information. Call 901-774-3212.
Elmwood is grateful to the Crawford-Howard Private Foundation, ArtsMemphis, and the Tennessee Arts Commission for their generous support of the Costume Twilight Tour.
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.
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!