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At the heart of Detroit is the diversity of our history and experiences. At Elmwood, we have curated a number of tours specifically designed to engage our community with those that have helped it to thrive.

Self-Guided Tours
The Historic Elmwood Foundation has developed self-guided tour maps highlighting key figures who are buried at Elmwood:

Special Interest Tours 
Special Interest Tours are available for groups and are scheduled throughout the year via our partners and through special interest groups. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Foundation Executive Director, Joan Capuano, on 313/801-1971.

Tour Referrals
Many tour organizations bring their groups through Elmwood. Listed below are some unique touring opportunities:


History Partnerships
Elmwood is also proud to partner with the Detroit Historical Society, the Charles Wright Museum of African American Heritage, and Preservation Detroit to help preserve and promote Detroit’s great history. Unique tour opportunities are available through these organizations for individuals and groups. Museum entrance and tour pricing can be found through their website links.

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Select from one of the following tours to learn more:


January 14th noon, February 18th noon, March 4th 8:30 a.m., April 15th 9 a.m., May 13th noon, June 10th noon, July 1st 9 a.m., August 5th 11 a.m., September 9th noon,  October 7th noon, 

Elmwood has “Tombstone Tales” tours that we offer to the public FREE of charge. We share the many stories of those laid to rest at Elmwood, including Michigan governors and senators, Detroit mayors, Civil War generals, African American Heritage Leaders, and Detroit’s Who’s Who. We also highlight memorial art and symbolism, architecture, and our unique grounds. Our tours are held in all weather and are walking tours lasting approximately 2 hours.

"Around the Pond" November 2 9 a.m. (one hour tour) precedes our All Souls Service which will be held in the Chapel at 10 a.m.

Juneteenth June 19 9 a.m. to celebrate the many contributions of those buried in Elmwood who helped end slavery.  


Elmwood is delighted to be Detroit’s first certified arboretum. This special tour couples our history tour with information about the majestic trees on the property.

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. Learn more here.