Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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Community Events

 

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2016 Events and Important Dates

April 1 – June 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.


Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
Join Detroit Audubon Society president James Bull for a birding event at Elmwood. Park along the pond road and meet at the Gatehouse. We will walk along the winding roadway adjacent to the pond to identify the species migrating through the cemetery. We will gather in the chapel following the walk for refreshments and a discussion of the walk.  Sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free!

March 18, April 15, May 13 (8a.m. - 10a.m.), Sept 9, Sept 23 5 p.m., Oct 14 9 a.m., Oct 28 9 a.m.,  and Nov 4 9 a.m.


Birding with Rosann Kovalcek, Wild Birds Unlimited
Rosann Kovalcik, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, will lead participants on a walk along the gentle sloping landscape at Elmwood. 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 of charge.

March 20 at 8 a.m., April 23 at 8 a.m. and in May on the 10th at 6 p.m., 25th at 7:30 a.m. and 27th at 7:30 a.m.

 


Trees!Elmwood Arbor Day tree planting 400
Elmwood is heralding our new arboretum certification with new events:

Arbor Day Celebration, April 29. Join our grounds crew as we celebrate Arbor Day with children from local schools.  We will plant trees and talk about trees importance to our environment.  This event is in partnership with Greening of Detroit.

Greening of Detroit Tree Identification Class, May 18th 6 p.m.

Tree Tours
This special tour will couple our history tour with information about the majestic trees on the property provided by an arborist with Greening of Detroit. 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.
May 21st 9:30 a.m.
Oct 18th 9:30 a.m.
Advance reservations are recommended 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.


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


May 30th – Memorial Day


Elmwood may 2012 Annual Flower Planting 200Tombstone Tales Tour
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.
June 11th at 8:30 a.m.
July 13th at 5:30 p.m.
August 27th at 8:30 a.m.
October 8th at 8:30 a.m.

Advance reservations are recommended 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.


September 16th – April
Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily


October 1 – December 1, Winter Grave Blankets and Wreaths Available.
Adorn your loved one’s grave with a grave blanket or 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, for $20. Grave blankets include 6 poinsettia blooms in red and white for $40. 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.


November 2, 10 am, All Souls’ Service, Chapel
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. Refreshments served following the mass. A walking tour is available at no charge for those who are interested.


 

Elmwood Veterans Day 300Friday, November 11, 10 am, Veterans Day Celebration, Civil War Section
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. Refreshments served following the mass. A walking tour is available, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at no charge for those who are interested.


Tuesday, December 6, 6pm Tree Lighting, Gatehousetreelighting Elmwood 200
Please join us as we honor those who passed away during 2016 with our annual ceremony. Refreshments and holiday cookies are served.


 

 

 

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 return of birds to 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
September 16 – April 30
8:30am – 4pm Daily
May 1 – September 15
7:00am – 7:00pm Daily

Office Hours
9:00am – 4pm Weekdays
9:00am – noon Saturdays
Closed Sunday

Events at a glance:

March 18 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
March 20 at 8 a.m. Birding with Rosann Kovalcek, Wild Birds Unlimited
April 1 – June 1 Summer Begonia Floral Beds Available
April 15 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
April 23 at 8 a.m. Birding with Rosann Kovalcek, Wild Birds Unlimited
April 29
Arbor Day Celebration
May – September Grounds access 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
May 10 at 6 p.m. Birding with Rosann Kovalcek, Wild Birds Unlimited
May 13 from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
May 18 6 p.m.
Greening of Detroit Tree Identification Class
May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Arboretum Tour
May 25 at 7:30 a.m. Birding with Rosann Kovalcek, Wild Birds Unlimited
May 27 at 7:30 a.m. Birding with Rosann Kovalcek, Wild Birds Unlimited
May 30 Memorial Day
June 4
Detroit Historical Society Tour
June 11 at 8:30 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
July 13 at 5:30 p.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
August 27 at 8:30 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
October 1 – December 1 Winter Grave Blankets and Wreaths Available
September 16 – April Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily
October 8 at 8:30 a.m. Tombstone Tales Tour
September 9 from  9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
September 23 from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
October 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
October 15
Detroit Historical Society Tour
October 22
Preservation Detroit Tour
October 18 at 9:30 a.m. Arboretum Tour
October 28 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
November 2 at 10 a.m. All Souls’ Service
November 4 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
November 11 at 10 a.m. Veterans Day Celebration
November 11 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Birding with Detroit Audubon Society
December 6 at 6 p.m. Tree Lighting