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Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis

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Historic Elmwood Cemetery is the oldest active cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. It was established in 1852 as one of the first rural cemeteries in the South.

A funeral scene in Paramount's 1993 legal thriller The Firm was filmed here.
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  • Beautiful, historic cemetery. Went with a couple of friends for the annual Halloween tour where actors play the roles of people with colorful histories who are buried in Elmwood. Unique and...  more »
  • The headstones are absolutely beautiful, with many historical figures and families that shaped Memphis buried here. The grounds are beautiful, with some amazing trees and monuments. Very cool. The.....  more »
  • We rented the cd and drove through. My husband and I enjoyed it very much but my teenage sons not so much. I ended up scanning the map for what I thought would be interesting stopping points and only....  more »
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  • Great driving tour- the audio guided tour is available to download for $10 online so the visitor’s cottage does not need to be open to buy the tour. So much interesting information- stories about the people buried here and how they played a part in Memphis's history. It’s about an hour and 20 minute audio, but you’ll want to stop a few times to get out and see markers up close. We spent a little under two hours here. If you like history and quirky information about the city then you’ll like this tour.
  • I paid for the audio tour but actually turned it off very quickly because it was more pointing out the famous graves and for us this is not what we really care about that much. If you do like your local history then the audio tour would be excellent. We ended up just using the map to guide us around, but taking the opportunity to get out and read some of the graves, feel the emotion and also experience the nature as this place is great for bird watching (it is recognised as such)Make sure you have plenty of time here - the gates shut at 5 so give yourself a good 2hrs or more as it really is massive and very very interesting. We are really glad we visited on our trip to the Deep South
  • Historic & full of beauty. Can drive through but we chose to walk. Very peaceful, serene place. Easy to locate. Free parking.
  • Elmwood is, indeed, a beautiful, peaceful and serene place to stroll through and get away - even for a while - from the world that surrounds it. As a photographer, I especially enjoy walking through and photographing the statuary which is the type of art that we shall not likely ever see made again. The reason for my four stars is because I do have a physical handicap which prevents me from walking long distances at a time. Therefore, I have to drive my car down the streets, find some place I can stop, exit the car and then walk the cemetery in parts. I should like very much to take the guided tour, but that is impossible for me due to my inability to walk such a long distance. It would be a wonderful idea for there to be small golf carts for those handicapped persons to ride the tour, or at least one of the new Bird Bikes. That way, those small vehicles would be easy to park on the side of the street without blocking the street or running over into the grassy areas.. It just is not well handicap equipped for those who are not able to walk well or far. With there being so little space on the streets to park, I think it would be a grand idea to rent the small vehicles such as a Bird Bike or golf cart. The money from those rentals could be another source of funding for the cemetery. So - it would be a win-win for everyone. Other than the access for the handicapped, I would give it a 5 star.
  • Huge place, you can drive through in car. But, I walked with my son on foot at our own pace. Very interesting & beautiful with a lot of history.

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