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.
Belles of the Battlefield
The veterans of the American Civil War are remembered by all as men. But women played an incredibly vital role in the Civil War on both sides of the great divide. Spies, wives who transported contraband, and mothers-turned-nurses are all found at Elmwood.
Volunteer Cookie Swain will illuminate the history of the women of the war during a 45 minute Lunch & Lecture Presentation. Registration is required, and admission is $15 per person. Begins at noon. Call 774-3212 for more information.
We invite you to bring your lunch!
Tree Tour of Elmwood
Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees and serves Memphis as a Level II Arboretum. Many of the trees at Elmwood have survived since before the cemetery was founded in 1852. This tree tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with Elmwood while getting to know the canopy that shades its residents and visitors.
This tour is all-walking and begins at 10:30 AM. The cost is $10 per person. Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Register online below.
Spellbound: The Tales of Elmwood Cemetery Tour
Join us for a special Memorial Day Tour of Elmwood Cemetery! This tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 90 minutes and costs $15 per person. You'll visit private family mausoleums, Victorian-age funerary sculpture, and see ancient trees, and hear many stories of Memhis in a bygone era. For information, call 901-774-3212.
The grounds of Elmwood are open every day of the year, including Memorial Day. The grounds will be open from 8 am until 4:30 pm. The office will be open from 8 am until 3 pm.
Visitors are welcome to stop by the Cottage where we will give out small American flags for placement at the gravesites of your choosing.
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.
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!
This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $20 per person. Starts at 1:00 PM.
All Saints' Day Candlelight Memorial Service
Elmwood Cemetery is a place of remembrance, grief, and love. Elmwood Cemetery's All Saints' Day Memorial Service is dedicated to those who have attained heaven - those who have died, and ascended.
Elmwood invites you to a special Candlelight Memorial Service in the Lord's Chapel on November 1st at 5 PM. This special evening of remembrance is open to all. Visitors will be invited to light a candle on display in the chapel.
This service is free. Space is limited. Please call the Elmwood Office at 901-774-3212, or email kmccollum [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org for information.
BYOBike at Elmwood
Join volunteer Cookie Swain as she leads a bicycle tour of Elmwood Cemetery on Sunday, November 12th at 2pm. Bring your bike and enjoy a lovely spring afternoon of cycling back through the history of Memphis with a knowledgeable and fun tour guide! $15 per person. Our bicycle tours are big hits - register today!