Events March 2020

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. 


The Emerald Isle: The Irish (& Scots!) of Elmwood

A Suds & Stories Event

Erin go Bragh! Join the staff of Elmwood Cemetery in the Lord's Chapel at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 15th for a unique treat in recognition of St. Patrick's Day. 

We'll kick off with Irish-themed treats, and beer and wine will be served. Next, we will offer a 45 minute seated presentation on the Irish and the Scots who rest at Elmwood and their fascinating lives. Stories of influence, success, and good old pluck will be told! 

Advance registration for this event is required. Registration is $20 per person. For more information, call 901-774-3212. Ticket sales begin Feburary 2nd.

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Stories of Stone

A Walking Tour of Elmwood

The monuments at Elmwood Cemetery have their own stories to tell. Carved into the stones are wreaths, scrolls, hands, grapes, anchors, doves, flowers, and so much more. What do these symbols mean? We're offering you an opportunity to find out. 

Join staff member Amanda Knight for the Stories of Stone walking tour through Elmwood Cemetery and learn what the monuments are trying to tell you. The tour will begin at 1:00 pm. Weather-appropriate clothing and good walking shoes are recommended. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will focus on the west side of the cemetery, where many massive monuments are located. 

Admission is $20 per person and registration is required. Ticket sales begin February 8th.

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Cradle Gardening Sign Up & Orientation

Gardening in the cemetery!

It is time! Spring is upon us. Are you a master gardener looking to expand your gardening repertoire? Are you a skilled home gardener or hobbyist who gets Yard of the Month at least once a year? If you are passionate about gardening and want to try something new, join us on Saturday, March 21st at 9:00 and learn about Cradle Gardening at Elmwood Cemetery.

This is a volunteer opportunity that includes: contributing flowers, transporting water, and teamwork. Elmwood Cemetery is a historic, nonprofit organization located in the heart of Memphis. Beautifying the cemetery grounds to honor the individuals who rest here and their families is a part of what the staff does, and now, it's something that local gardeners can do, too.

We accept a limited number of participants each spring. Attending this orientation session does not guarantee future participation. Sign ups are in-person only . Register here to save your seat; there is no charge to attend. Participating youth (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult.

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April Fools: Famous People Not Buried At Elmwood

A Walking Tour

Who are the famous people buried at Elmwood? Not these folks! Join us for a 90 minute walking tour of the cemetery and we'll visit interesting grave sites where people like Andrew Jackson, Mick Jagger, and Abraham Lincoln are absolutely not buried. That's not to say they don't have a connection to Elmwood, though!

We'll start at 1:00 PM at the historic Cottage. The cost is $20 per person. Good walking shoes are recommended. Call us with questions at 901-774-3212. Ticket sales begin February 15th.

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The Blue & The Gray

A Civil War History Tour of Elmwood

Confederate Rest. Generals Gideon Pillow, A.J. Vaughan, John Fizer, Elkanah Greer, Smith Pyne Bankhead. Herman Frank Arnold, composer of "Dixie." Ginny Moon, Confederate spy. Union General William Smith. 

These are just a few of the sites of interest at Elmwood for the student of the Civil War. 

Join long-time Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison for this special two hour walking tour of the Elmwood grounds. This tour experience will enhance the your knowledge of the lives of the men and women whose lives were touched by the Civil War. 

This all-walking tour begins at 2:00 pm. $20 per person. Ticket sales begin February 16th.


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