Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures

First and foremost we take the health and safety of our families, our employees and anyone who enters our grounds very seriously. We continue to follow and track the guidelines being developed by the CDC and state health care authorities, including social distancing best practices and requirements.

We have a commitment to respect and take care of our loved ones who have passed. As a result, our offices remain open on a limited basis six days a week for regular business hours, and the gates for visitation remain open during our normal hours to serve you. Funeral services are continuing as scheduled following the state guidelines for gatherings, and visitation on the grounds and for indoor and garden mausoleums remains in place.

Please know that we respect the decision of any family member who wishes to connect with us remotely rather than in person during this time. Should you wish to contact us with any questions about preplanning, services, memorials or any topic, you can continue to contact us during regular business hours. We will have limited staff able to answer calls at our offices, 313-567-3453, and encourage individuals to email the office through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your convenience with any question. We will respond as quickly as possible.

We have canceled all Historic Elmwood Foundation community events through May in compliance with directives.

As more information comes out from healthcare experts and federal and state authorities, we will continue to assess if additional changes are necessary. We will follow any guidelines that are required by the healthcare agencies and governmental leaders.

We at Elmwood are proud to have been serving the Metro Detroit community since 1846, and we will continue to do so.  Please stay healthy!

Historic Elmwood Cemetery

Historic Elmwood Cemetery is the oldest continuously operating, non-denominational cemetery in Detroit. The cemetery was established in 1846 and incorporated in 1849 as a non-profit corporation by an act of the Michigan Legislature. Founded by some of early Detroit’s leading citizens, Elmwood quickly expanded from its original 42 acres to its current size of 86 acres and became the final resting-place of tycoon and laborer alike.

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NTF L Sig colorElmwood Recognized as a Significant Site for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
Elmwood Cemetery has been recognized as a significant site for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.  The National Park Service has recognized Elmwood for making a significant contribution to the understanding of the Underground Railroad in American History and issued Elmwood a Certificate of Appreciation.  Read more...


Elmwood Cemetery is Detroit’s First Certified Arboretum!
Morton Arboretum and the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program certified Elmwood Cemetery's arboretum with a Level 1 Accreditation.   Read more...

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