The Virginia B. McGehee Youth Education Program at Elmwood presents a unique tool which will help teachers and students learn more about Memphis history.  Thousands of students tour the grounds annually.  The following educational opportunities are offered throughout the year, but we can customize a tour to meet your needs.

Due to liability issues, all Youth Education tour groups must be supervised by an Elmwood staff member.

Tours are scheduled on Tuesdays through Fridays on a first-come, first-served basis.  The tour usually lasts about 90 minutes, including monument rubbings if the group is interested in doing so. Tours fill up quickly in October, so please plan ahead.  Tours can be scheduled by contacting Kelly Sowell at 901-774-3212 or email  When calling for a tour, please have a specific date in mind as well as a back-up date in case your first choice is not available.  A small picnic area is available for your use.  Please ask about using the area when scheduling your tour.

The tour presents an overview of Elmwood and Memphis history.  Buried beneath our trees are people from every walk of life and culture, famous and infamous, Generals, Mayors, Soldiers and perfectly ordinary citizens.  Students will also learn customs from various cultures and funerary symbolism of the Victorian era. The tour is capped off with monument rubbings that students can take home.  Please allow two hours for a full tour plus monument rubbings. Grades 3-12.



Students:  $5 each
Adults:  $5 each
Teachers:  Free