Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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Community Events 2021

 

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ALL EVENTS THROUGH MARCH 2021 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID 19 CRISIS

2021 Events and Important Dates Will be Posted in April

April 1 Summer Begonia Floral Beds Available
Enhance your loved one’s site with a beautiful bed of begonias. Our staff will maintain and water the begonias. Order here or contact our office through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 313/567-3453.  Limited quantity available.


Birding with Detroit Audubon Society TBD
Join Detroit Audubon Society for a birding event at Elmwood. We will walk the grounds to identify the species migrating through the cemetery. We will track the different species we see and discuss migration, habitat and the different birds. There will be plenty of opportunities for photographs and open discussion. We will gather in the chapel following the walk for refreshments. Sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free! Park along the pond road and meet at the Gatehouse.




 

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited, Rosann Kovalcik TBD
Join acclaimed birder Rosann Kovalcek and local Audubon Societies for a birding event at Elmwood. Rosann has a sharp ability to identify birds visually as well as by their call.  As we walk, we will track the different species and discuss migration, habitat and the different birds. There will be plenty of opportunities for photographs and open discussion. We will gather in the chapel following the walk for refreshments. Sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free! Please park along the pond road and meet at the Gatehouse.

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Trees!Elmwood Arbor Day tree planting 400
Experience Detroit's first certified arboretum through one of Elmwood's events:

Arbor Day Celebration TBD. Join our grounds crew as we celebrate Arbor Day with children from local schools.  We will plant a tree and talk about trees' importance to our environment.  This event is in partnership with Greening of Detroit.


Tree Identification Class TBD

June 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Tree Tours TBD
This special tour couples our history tour with information about the majestic trees on the property provided by a certified arborist. There is no charge for the tour but reservations are required by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Space is limited. Please park along the pond road.  We will gather outside the gatehouse.  When you make your email reservation, please provide your name, the date you wish to tour, and the number of participants.


May – September 15th Summer Hours
Extended hours for grounds access beginning May 1 are through September 15, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.


May 25th – Memorial Day TBD
Join us at noon for our annual Memorial Day celebration as we honor those who serve and those who have passed away.  Please meet us adjacent to the pond for a moving service, musical interludes, and a dove release.


Elmwood may 2012 Annual Flower Planting 200Tombstone Tales Tours TBD
This guided tour will highlight Detroit notables in business, politics, reform as well as a discovery of Elmwood’s memorial art, symbolism, architecture and horticulture. It is a 2-hour walking tour and is free to the public.

Celebrate Black History Month with Elmwood Cemetery.  Please join us for a 90-minute walking tour highlighting key people in Detroit's African American history and discussing memorial art and symbolism.

Advance reservations are required by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you make your email reservation, please provide your name, the date you wish to tour, and the number of participants.


Patriots Day September 11 TBD
Commemorate Patriots Day with Elmwood.  

September 16th – April 30
Fall/Winter Hours begin.  Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily.


October 1 Winter Wreaths Available.
Adorn your loved one’s grave with a wreath this winter. They are made from natural, freshly cut evergreen boughs decorated in seasonal colors. Wreaths are 18” in diameter with a beautiful all weather red bow and 5 pinecones, on a stand. Contact our office through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 313/567-3453. Elmwood's grounds crew will place the wreath on your loved one's grave.


November 2, 10 am, All Souls’ Service, Chapel TBD
All are welcome to join the Elmwood community as Reverend Steven J. Kelly, Pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church Detroit, leads a service to honor those who have passed away. A walking tour is available, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at no charge for those who are interested. Refreshments served following the mass. 


 

Elmwood Veterans Day 300Wednesday, November 11, 10 am,
Veterans Day Celebration, Civil War Section TBD

The 36th annual public celebration has been cancelled as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.  Wreaths will be placed at the flagpole and the flag will be lowered to half-mast.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps, you would like to enjoy Elmwood on your own or with a group of friends. Each year, we are visited by those who choose to picnic alongside our restored pond, run or bicycle on our roads, watch for the migration of birds in Michigan, photograph our unique memorials, walk along our beautiful grounds appreciating our outdoor sculpture garden, the perennials, and majestic trees, or simply contemplate this quiet setting in the heart of Detroit.

Cemetery Hours
Grounds Access
May 1 – September 15         7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily
September 16 – April 30       8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily

Office Hours
Weekdays       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Saturdays       9:00 a.m. – noon
The office is closed on Sundays but the grounds are open.

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