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Elmwood Cemetery

Address: 824 South Dudley St, Memphis, TN 38104
Phone Number: 901 774 3212
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Ranked #13 of 80 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Rochester, NY
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Cemeteries are a great source of lesser known local history and I love to check them out. This cemetery has tons of info in the map ($5- a good deal) and was a fun way to spend a few hours.

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Metropolis Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I love the sculptures and history that can be found in a cemetery. This one is full of interesting information. We were geocaching this location so had a set pattern we were following. Definitely on our next visit we will do the auto tour. Love it! Not quite NOLA, but worth the stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

They offer an audio driving tour of the cemetery. A very interesting tour and provides an in depth history of Memphis and the people that have contributed to its rich history. The audio tour also provides details about the design and meaning of several of the grave stone designs. We were pleasantly surprised how interesting the tour was. An unexpected... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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146 reviews 146 reviews
63 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

On a recent trip to Memphis, my friend, a lifelong Memphian, took me to Elmwood Cemetery, one of his favorite places. It is well worth a visit. Some of the graves go back to the Civil War, and there is a rich variety of types of tomb, mausoleums, and statuary. One can drive or walk along the winding hilly lanes... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Really enjoyed the sculptures in the cemetery. Some are very creative. It also offered some insights on life in Memphis. There was a combination grave that I remember. A mother and child are buried together. The mother died a few days after the child was born. The child died a few months later. It really brought home the dangers of... More 

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8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This gave an interesting take on the history of Memphis. Would recommend going on a day when the audio tours are available, as the office was closed on Sunday. We still could piece together some of the interesting story of Memphis via markers and gravestones, but it would have been better with some additional background.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I don't generally include cemeteries on my list of destinations when traveling. But my sister and I were doing some research on family history, which led us to Elmwood Cemetery. The staff was very helpful in directing us to our family plots, so mission accomplished. But WOW what a beautiful place!! It's a bit of a challenge to find the... More 

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Memphis, TN
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

History is where you find it...and in Memphis, TN, Elmwood Cemetery is full of old history from the Civil War, Yellow Fever epidemic up through current times where many famous and not so famous folks from all walks of life that are buried there. Suggest you visit when they have Historical Tours to get the best visitation experience.

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Scottsburg, Indiana
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I know a cemetery isn't where most people think about going on a family trip but they are great places to visit to learn about the history of a place and it's people that you may not hear anywhere else. My husband and I love history of most anything so we decided to go here. We found out they had... More 

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Go inside the office and rent the CD to take the self-guided driving tour. I think the CD was just a couple of dollars. But if you drive around without it you will miss out on so many interesting and fascinating stories. Suggest you include this on your tour of Memphis.

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