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Elmwood Cemetery

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Address: 824 S Dudley St, Memphis, TN 38104-6005
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Long weekend in Memphis

Please don't think this is morbid. The history in this cemetery is phenomenal! Respect for fallen soldiers is included as well. You can take your own tour walking or in your... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 April 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

Please don't think this is morbid. The history in this cemetery is phenomenal! Respect for fallen soldiers is included as well. You can take your own tour walking or in your car (this cemetery is very large) for free or you can buy an audio tour or schedule a group tour. Elwood Cemetery is an important part of local history... More 

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Enjoyed the audio tour. It really help to bring the history of the area to life. Very nicely done, especially for only $10.

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

The Historical Society has recorded a CD for your car that guides you through the cemetery, with stops at each section and notable headstone. The grounds are beautiful, with flowering trees and chirping robins. Headstones are every shape and size, with reverence paid to every member of the community, from moguls and slaves. The sections for soldiers from both sides... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

My wife and I were looking for some places to visit in Memphis besides Graceland. We read there was a cemetery in Memphis that might be a good place to check out. The cemetery was interesting especially having a map and a CD to help explain who is buried in this cemetery plus a little Memphis History. If you go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015

Lots of important (and many not-so-important) folks are hurried here. Many of the monuments are of the Victorian AND Edwardian era and have carved angels, trees cut off in their prime bloom of life, stone ivy, covered urns, b token pillars, etc. There are some more modern stones too but it is for the historic markers we go to cemeteries.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015 via mobile

did not expect much but bought the cd for the self guided car tour for $10. OMG! This made the visit incredible. Excellent selection of significant graves with very good, in- depth background provided. Allow about an hour and a half. Very enriching and critical to understand history of Memphis

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015

Hard to find ... tucked deep within the inner city of Memphis, but what an absolute jewel. Old, old cemetery with Civil War era headstones and crypts. It was magnificent. You can 'buy' a audio DVD that is accompanied by a map that thoroughly explains who the headstones belong to and the back story that makes them very interesting. Some... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

Awesome history - seriously - moving stories, a new perspective on Memphis, Please go see the cemetery, lots of history in the archives, it's for fee and so educational. We took pictures there and they came out awesome.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015

The old family gravesites are amazing. They should have a book or handout that tells you what the symbolism is. The child graves a a little sad. It is amazing what went into some of the family sites.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

I have been to Elmwood several times and enjoy the various speaker events. I also have family buried in this lovely old cemetery.

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