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 Memphis Upstanders Tour
The older I get the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled, the more I gain.
-Susan B. Anthony
Another new offering from Elmwood Cemetery! Assistant Director Bob Barnett will guide guests on a 90 minute walking tour of the activists and agitators who rest beneath our trees. You will visit civil rights activists, suffragists, political leaders, business people, and clergy on this tour. These are the people that stood up and made the world a better place - and they were from Memphis.
This tour begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 29th. We will cover a great deal of the cemetery grounds on foot and excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Advance registration is required by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. $20 per person; all proceeds go to the maintenance of Elmwood Cemetery.
The Emerald Isle: The Irish (& Scots!) of Elmwood
Erin go Bragh! Join the staff of Elmwood Cemetery in the Lord's Chapel at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 15th for a unique treat in recognition of St. Patrick's Day.
We'll kick off with Irish-themed treats, and beer and wine will be served. 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. Ticket sales begin Feburary 2nd.
Stories of Stone
The monuments at Elmwood Cemetery have their own stories to tell. Carved into the stones are wreaths, scrolls, hands, grapes, anchors, doves, flowers, and so much more. What do these symbols mean? We're offering you an opportunity to find out.
Join staff member Amanda Knight for the Stories of Stone walking tour through Elmwood Cemetery and learn what the monuments are trying to tell you. The tour will begin at 1:00 pm. Weather-appropriate clothing and good walking shoes are recommended. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will focus on the west side of the cemetery, where many massive monuments are located.
Admission is $20 per person and registration is required. Ticket sales begin February 8th.
Cradle Gardening Sign Up & Orientation
Gardening in the cemetery!
It is time! Spring is upon us. Are you a master gardener looking to expand your gardening repertoire? Are you a skilled home gardener or hobbyist who gets Yard of the Month at least once a year? If you are passionate about gardening and want to try something new, join us on Saturday, March 21st at 9:00 and learn about Cradle Gardening at Elmwood Cemetery.
This is a volunteer opportunity that includes: contributing flowers, transporting water, and teamwork. Elmwood Cemetery is a historic, nonprofit organization located in the heart of Memphis. Beautifying the cemetery grounds to honor the individuals who rest here and their families is a part of what the staff does, and now, it's something that local gardeners can do, too.
We accept a limited number of participants each spring. Attending this orientation session does not guarantee future participation. Sign ups are in-person only . Register here to save your seat; there is no charge to attend. Participating youth (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult.
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 interesting grave 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 1:00 PM at the historic Cottage. The cost is $20 per person. Good walking shoes are recommended. Call us with questions at 901-774-3212. Ticket sales begin February 15th.
The Blue & The Gray
Confederate Rest. Generals Gideon Pillow, A.J. Vaughan, John Fizer, Elkanah Greer, Smith Pyne Bankhead. Herman Frank Arnold, composer of "Dixie." Ginny Moon, Confederate spy. Union General William Smith.
These are just a few of the sites of interest at Elmwood for the student of the Civil War.
Join long-time Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison for this special two hour walking tour of the Elmwood grounds. This tour experience will enhance the your knowledge of the lives of the men and women whose lives were touched by the Civil War.
This all-walking tour begins at 2:00 pm. $20 per person. Ticket sales begin February 16th.
Easter Egg Hunt
The cemetery staff and volunteers invite our youngest of friends to join us for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4th 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.
Tree Tour of Elmwood Cemetery
Elmwood is home to almost 1,400 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 itself - those are the trees we call witness trees. They lived through the changes taking place around them, silently, majestically, for sometimes 300+ years. We will show you a few of these on this special tree tour.
Join us for this tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $20 per person. The tour will begin at 1:00 pm, lasts about 90 minutes, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Ticket sales begin March 8th.
After Hours: Behind the Closed Gates
As the sun sets, the shadows grow long in the cemetery. We invite you to step back in time with us and experience the world of days gone by during an After Hours Tour of Elmwood Cemetery. We'll lock ourselves in and go on an adventure in the middle of the city of Memphis.
Gather at the Cottage at 6:00 pm. Your tour guide for this experience is Executive Director Kim Bearden. Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.
Reservations required. Admission is $20. Click below to sign up, or call 901-774-3212. Ticket sales begin March 13th.
Jimmy Ogle's Center-of-the-Cemetery Tour
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 Memphis history. This walking tour of Elmwood will illuminate Jimmy's favorite sites at the cemetery in the CENTER of the cemetery grounds.
Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker, and advance registration is highly recommended. This tour is expected to sell out. Starts at 9:00 am sharp! Cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 901-774-3212. Ticket sales begin March 15th.