Events 2018

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 Paypal or over the phone you will be added to the registration list for that event. For Paypal 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. 



Lunchtime Exercise at Elmwood

The weather's cooperating and we need to get out in it! Who's with us? Meet a staff member at 11:30 am in front of the office for a 20 minute walk through the cemetery. We'll walk exactly 1.1 mile, get some of our steps in for the day, and you'll be encouraged to ask any cemetery questions you might have. 

This is a pilot program for Elmwood and free of charge to all participants. No sign-ups are required. We'll walk the following Wednesdays: March 14th, March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th. 

Walk with us though Elmwood. You'll be glad you did.


Easter Egg Hunt

The cemetery staff and volunteers invite our youngest of friends to join us for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24th 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! Simply email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org and let us know how many kids you are bringing.

We will begin on time - parents, please be prompt! Call with questions at 901-774-3212. 


Stone College Class

Elmwood is known for its large collection of Victorian funerary art. Students enrolling in Stone College will be trained to assist in the preservation of Elmwood’s oldest and most fragile monuments. This workshop will focus on cleaning, restoring monuments. Graduates of this workshop will be invited to participate in scheduled monument cleanings and restoration events throughout the year. The workshop will start at 10:00 and last about two hours.

To enroll in Stone College, the following requirements should be met:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting very dirty
  • You should be able to move or lift 40 pounds, shovel clay dirt, stoop and bend for more than 30 minutes
  • You should be able to tolerate varying weather conditions
  • You should be willing to follow instructions carefully 

Please email Kelly at historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to register or call 901-774-3212 for more information.  


The Memphis Upstanders Tour

A History 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 10:30 AM. 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 clickingon the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. $20 per person; all proceeds go to the maintenance of Elmwood Cemetery. 

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Still We Rise: The African-American Women of Elmwood

A History Tour

A new tour offering from Elmwood Cemetery! Join volunteer tour guide Mable Barringer as she leads guests on a tour to visit some of the outstanding African-American Women who rest within Elmwood. Tales of political leaders, poets, teachers, Civil Rights activists, stories of community and much more will be shared during this 2 hour walking tour. The tour begins at 10:30 AM.

This tour covers a great deal of the cemetery grounds. We recommend excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Advance registraiton is required and can be made by clicking on the link below or calling 901-774-3212. The cost is $20 per guest; all proceeds from the tour will benefit the maintance of Elmwood Cemetery.  

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Scandals & Scoundrels

A Public Walking Tour of Elmwood's Notorious Residents


This popular tour will sell out quickly!

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 and costs $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Starts at 1:00 PM.


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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Mother's Tea

Take time out from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a lovely mid-morning tea at Elmwood. After tea, scones, lemon squares, and other delicious treats, there will be a short but sweet tour of the cemetery grounds. What a grand way to spend a spring Saturday morning!

Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Admission is $35 per person and advance registration is required. This event begins at 10:30 AM. Questions? Call 901-774-3212. 

Please note, this event takes place the day before Mother's Day

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The Last Word

A Walking Tour

The epitaphs found on the monuments at Elmwood can reveal so much about the lives of those buried here. Many are sweet, some are sad, but there are some that have left visitors scratching their heads and wondering: what's the story behind that?!

We'll visit several compelling sites during this all-new 90 minute walking tour of Elmwood Cemetery! Join Assistant Director Bob Barnett as he unveils some of the stories that have yet been told.  

This all-walking tour, beginning at 10:30 AM, covers a great deal of Elmwood's grounds; excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are highly recommended. Register by clikcing the link below or call 901-774-3212. Cost is $20 per person. This is an 18+ tour of the cemetery.  

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The Memphis Music Tour

A Walking Tour

Memphis musician Willy Bearden leads a tour on Friday, June 1st at 6:00 pm - this tour 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, horn players, 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.

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