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.
Tree Tour of Elmwood
Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees and serves Memphis as a Level II Arboretum. Many of the trees at Elmwood have survived since before the cemetery was founded in 1852. This tree tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with Elmwood while getting to know the canopy that shades its residents and visitors.
This tour is all-walking and begins at 10:30 AM. The cost is $10 per person. Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Register online below.
Spellbound: The Tales of Elmwood Cemetery Tour
Join us for a special Memorial Day Tour of Elmwood Cemetery! This tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 90 minutes and costs $15 per person. You'll visit private family mausoleums, Victorian-age funerary sculpture, and see ancient trees, and hear many stories of Memhis in a bygone era. For information, call 901-774-3212.
The grounds of Elmwood are open every day of the year, including Memorial Day. The grounds will be open from 8 am until 4:30 pm. The office will be open from 8 am until 3 pm.
Visitors are welcome to stop by the Cottage where we will give out small American flags for placement at the gravesites of your choosing.
The Memphis Music Tour
Memphis musician Willy Bearden leads a tour on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00 pm that will surely resonate with you. Join him for an after-hours Memphis Music Tour of Elmwood, where you'll be introduced to the music that echoes through the lives of the people who rest here.
You'll visit a Confederate composer, a Big Band legend, blues singers, producers, and more on this 90 minute walking tour.
Save your spot and register today by clicking the link or call 901-774-3212. Cost is $20 per person.
Suds & Stories: Memphis Street Names
Who doesn't like beer and history?
Have you ever wondered where the streets of Memphis got their names? Some are named for community leaders, some are named for important moments in time...and some very well-known streets have names whose origins have been debated for decades. Wouldn't you like to know more about the streets you live and drive on?
Elmwood welcomes back former staffer and volunteer Jody Schmidt as she demystifies the history of the streets of Memphis in a 40 minute presentation in the air-conditioned comfort of the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood.
Snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served during this talk. You're welcome to stroll the cemetery afterwards.
Early reservations are highly recommended. This event begins at 1 pm. The cost is $15. Want more info? Call us at 901-774-3212.
The Last Word
From time immemorial, people have marked the places where they buried their loved ones as a way to preserve their memory. And, for almost as long, they have engraved messages on the monuments. Those messages, or "epitaphs," are sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, sometimes mysterious, and are often a way of getting "the last word."
Come join Elmwood Assistant Director, Bob Barnett as he shares the strories behind some of the most interesting epitaphs and memorials at Elmwood. This is a 90-minute walking tour. Begins at 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended. $20.
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!