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Elmwood Cemetery

824 South Dudley St, Memphis, TN 38104
901 774 3212
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Ranked #12 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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144 reviews 144 reviews
63 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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
22 helpful votes 22 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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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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were short in time, but really really enjoyed this place and the history within. It has some of the most beautiful grave markers I have ever seen. Be aware - it closes and the gate locks at 4:30 so you don't want to get stuck in there. We arrived at 4:00 and no one answered the door at the... More 

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Leesburg, IN
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Unable to get into our condo & trying to kill time until we could, we happened upon the Elmwood Cemetery. It was a warm day & we opted for the audio tour that we could take while in the car. It is very well marked & very informative. My group enjoyed it very much.

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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Elmwood Cemetery is a gem of history tucked away in a downtown location. Some people find walking or driving through old cemeteries a little creepy, not me. I am a fan of history and to see the mass graves caused by the yellow fever epidemics of the 1870's, the section dedicated to Civil War dead and the graves of historical... More 

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