824 S. Dudley St.Memphis, TN 38104901-774-3212
OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm | Saturday 8 am - noon
Elmwood Cemetery's grounds are open every day from 8 am till 4:30 pm. There is no admission charge.
Cemetery Cinema: The Parent Trap
8 PM -
Welcome back to Cemetery Cinema's The Parent Trap!
11 AM -
An Elmwood Cemetery garden walk!
SPONSORED BY MIDTOWN NURSERY
160 Years of Memphis
Elmwood is the most historic ground in this part of the world. The dramatic Entry Bridge, the Carpenter-Gothic Office Cottage– the entire 80-acre cemetery – are all on the National Register of Historic Places, and Elmwood is also an official Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum. Reserve a place in Memphis history. Beneath our ancient elms, oaks and magnolias. In the company of our most honored and revered. Most famous and infamous. Most loved and feared. Among the veterans of every American war, even the Revolutionary War. Side-by-side with generals, senators, governors, mayors and madams. Take a tour, and visit the last 160 years in a shady hour or two in Elmwood. Volunteer, and preserve history. Donate, and make a timeless gift.
For 162 years, Elmwood Cemetery has provided dignified burials in beautiful surroundings at reasonable prices.
The history of Memphis is told through the stories of Elmwood residents. If these graves could talk...
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.
For eight generations, the generosity of our friends has allowed us to meet every winter challenge and greet every spring with new growth and renewed faith.
You keep Elmwood the tranquil, beautiful, therapeutic place that it is. Your generous support makes a huge difference to the operation and maintenance of historic Elmwood Cemetery.
Show your support for Elmwood Cemetery. The history of the place, and the stories of those who rest here, tell the story of Memphis—our story.
Cemetery Cinema: The Parent Trap
8 PM -
This Cemetery Cinema event is brought to you by Simmons Bank, Dillard Door, and Joe Spake/InCity Realty.
Brought to you also by Proshow Systems.
Our first film of our summer series is The Parent Trap! Filmed in 1961, Hayley Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp. Products of single parent households, they switch places so as to meet the parent they never knew, and then contrive to reunite them.
Food truck: Eat At Eric's
Beverages: The Tipsy Tumbler
Elmwood's Cemetery Cinema offers visitors a chance to enjoy the beauty of the cemetery with a fun, unique film series. Cemetery Cinema takes place as the final light of the day washes away. Our show times are based on the setting of the sun. Films are projected onto the roof of the historic Cottage, a National Register Landmark since 1978. All films are shown outdoors, so we encourage weather-appropriate attire. Guests should bring lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Parking will take place outside of the cemetery on Dudley Street. Security will be made available on Dudley Street for the duration of these events.
Please read the following information carefully so that you know how Cemetery Cinema works:
Cemetery Cinema is a fundraising event for our nonprofit cemetery; admissions will not be refunded after the event has passed. These special events raise funds for the maintenance of the cemetery, and rain dates are chosen in advance of each showing. In the event of rain, admission refunds will be issued.
Rain date: Friday, May 27th at 8:00 pm
Admission will be only honored for the title for which admission was originally purchased. Children aged 9 and younger are not permitted at Cemetery Cinema events.
Pets will not be admitted at Cemetery Cinema events.
Tickets are not issued for these events; your Event Brite purchase confirmation will act as your only receipt. Please print the receipt or save it on your phone so that you may show it at the gate. Your name will be on a list at the admission point.
Proceeds from Cemetery Cinema events support the maintenance of the historic cemetery grounds.
Thank you for your interest in this great event at Elmwood Cemetery!
11 AM -
SPONSORED BY MIDTOWN NURSERY
Elmwood Cemetery was foudned 170 years ago as a garden style cemetery. The founders purposefully planted both hardwood and ornamental trees. Flowering shrubs, iris, and seasonal plants were added to the grounds to console and inspire visitors. Some families purchased and planted little memorial gardens inside cradles. These oblong memorial stones have remained empty for the better part of a century or more, until now.
Join us on Sunday, May 22nd between 11 am and 3 pm and you can meet the volunteer cradle gardeners of Elmwood Cemetery, and see what they have created! These wonderful folks have brought great beauty and joy to the already magnificent cemetery grounds. You can ask them about their gardening choices and techniques, and then stop by the food truck (Eat At Eric's) and beverage cart (Tipsy Tumbler).
This event is free. Parking will be along Dudley Street. Rain will cancel this event.
Cemetery Cinema: Casablanca
8:15 PM -
Welcome back to Cemetery Cinema!
Our second film of our summer series is Casablanca (1942). It's the story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick's, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make.
Food truck: TigerQue
Rain Date: Friday, July 15th at 8:45 pm.
Stone Cleaners Orientation & Demonstration
10 AM -
Learn how to clean headstones correctly at Elmwood.
The headstones and markers at Elmwood Cemetery are beautiful and delicate. We invite you to join us for this special Stone Cleaners Orientation & Demonstration to learn the proper techniques for gently and carefully cleaning the stonework in the cemetery.
The Stone Cleaners of Elmwood Cemetery are a properly trained, very small group of dedicated volunteers. Led by volunteer Sheena Barnett, who has cleaned over 300 stones at Elmwood herself, this class is required before joining the Stone Cleaners Group.
Space in the class is exceptionally limited to 8 individuals. You must be able to sit on the ground, kneel, carry equipment, take direction, and work at your own independent pace. There is no cost to join. Only one class is required, but you may choose from two dates in June.
If you love Elmwood Cemetery and have a passion for cleaning, then this might be for you. Sign up soon!
Tombs: A Mausoleum Tour of Elmwood Cemetery
12 PM -
Let's visit the mausoleums of Elmwood.
What is a mausoleum? It's an above-ground burial chamber for the deceased, a house for the dead. There are nine on the grounds at Elmwood. We invite you to join us to learn about the art, architecture, and history of the mausoleums found at historic Elmwood Cemetery on Saturday, June 4th at 12 pm.
This is a 90 minute walking tour of the cemetery, and good walking shoes are recommended. Masks are requested. Rain will cancel this event. Call 901-774-3212 for rain information. Cost is $20 per person.
True Crimes of Bygone Times: A Walking Tour of Elmwood Cemetery
10 AM -
Heinous history of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
True crime stories of decades past - that's what we're featuring on this new tour at Elmwood Cemetery. Who was accused of lacing her cookies with arsenic? Who was at the center of a nationwide missing person search for decades beginning in 1899? Who married seven times and was accused of offing at least three of her spouses?
Take the new True Crimes Tour of Elmwood Cemetery, and find out. This all-walking tour of historic Elmwood Cemetery begins at 10 am on your choice of two dates: June 11th or June 25th. Good walking shoes are recommended for this 90 minute step back in time. We'll see you soon!
Cemetery Cinema: My Fair Lady
8:30 PM -
Welcome back to Cemetery Cinema.
The third and final film of our summer series is My Fair Lady! Pompous phonetics Professor Henry Higgins (Sir Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond, one that is threatened by aristocratic suitor Freddy Eynsford-Hill (Jeremy Brett). Released in 1964, this film is a fan favorite for a reason.
Food truck: Eat at Eric's
Rain Date: Friday, July 1st at 8:30 pm