Events October 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. 


Cemetery Cinema: Ghostbusters

Sponsored by Simmons Bank

Generously sponsored by Simmons Bank.

Admissions for this event will go on sale the week of September 9th! for more information. 


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. Veteran tour guide Dale Schaefer will be the docent for this tour.

This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20 per person. Starts at 10:30 am.


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Edgar Allan Poe at Elmwood

Master of the Macabre

The past never seems to stay that way in the works of author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. Poe himself (portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella) returns from beyond to read several of his works, both well-known and forgotten, with a special emphasis on stories that feature those who have gone before us. 

Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century. He has been featured on National Public Radio, The Harvard Crimson, and the L.A. Review of Books, among others.  

This literary presentation is the first of its kind at Elmwood Cemetery. We'll begin at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Limited seating is available, and this authentic reading will sell out! The cost is $20 per person. 

This special, dramatic reading is coming to Elmwood Cemetery one day only! Don't miss it! 

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Soul of the City: History Comes Alive

Presented by Raymond James

Coming October 24th, 25th, and 26th. Click on the registration link below to learn more! 


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