Events September 2019

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. 


Yellow Fever: A Tour of the Plague

A Walking Tour of Elmwood

The history of the Yellow Fever epidemics of 1873, 1878, and 1879 can be found at Elmwood Cemetery. The Howard Association, the Citizens' Relief Committee, the Sisters of St. Mary's, and individuals who fought valiantly against the spread of the scourge rest at Elmwood. Join Assistant Director Bob Barnett for an all-walking tour through the cemetery grounds and learn their stories. 

This tour is given by Elmwood's Assistant Director Bob Barnett. It lasts 90 minutes, starts at 10:30 AM, and registration is required. The cost is $20 per person. To register by phone, call 774-3212.  

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The Voices of Yellow Fever

History Comes Alive

Yellow fever (also known as Yellow Jack, the American Plague and the Saffron Knight) decimated the city of Memphis for much of the 1870's. So many died of the fever or fled that the city lost its charter, becoming a taxing district under Nashville. This plague would claim thousands of lives. Many of the individuals who tried to help stop the scourge of yellow fever rest at Elmwood. 

Join the Elmwood Players as they present a first-person narrative account of what life was like during the yellow fever. You'll meet costumed characters with stories of triumph and tragedy that will leave you breathless.

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres are served with this event, which begins at 6:30 pm in the Chapel.  The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Call 901-774-3212 for information or to register. 


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The Swedish Nightingale

A Beethoven Club Concert at Elmwood

Known as the Swedish Nightingale, opera star Jenny Lind was in her heyday in Sweden in the 1840's when she announced her retirement, only to be cajoled to perform 93 door-busting concerts in the U.S., promoted by P.T. Barnum. These concerts earned Lind over $350,000, all of which she donated to charities.  

Her talent lives on. Join us for a performance by Sabrina Laney Warren, soprano, who will appear as Jenny Lind herself! Selections by Stephen Foster and other 19th century composers will be performed in the Lord's Chapel at 3:00 pm. 

If you've never experienced music in the Chapel, then you are in for a real treat! Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served at this event. Admission is $20 per person; all proceeds benefit the ongoing historic preservation of Elmwood Cemetery. 

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After Hours at Elmwood

History at sunset

Want to take a walk though Elmwood after hours? 

Join Executive Director Kim Bearden for this history-based tour of the cemetery. We'll begin at 6 pm! This tour and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Admission is $25 per person and advance registration is required.

Evening strolls through Elmwood are offered only during warmer months and there are a limited number of admissions for sale. 

Let's go for a walk at twilight through the cemetery. 


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