Events June 2017
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.
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.