NORFOLK SOCIETY FOR CEMETERY CONSERVATION

          Preserving, protecting, & promoting Norfolk's historic cemeteries.

Cemetery Tours

2022 Cemetery Tour Season starts April 2022
NSCC offers a variety of exciting tours that not only provide a detailed history about Norfolk's cemeteries, but also insight into the interesting lives of many of Norfolk's treasured residents. The tours are unique, so participants will gain different information with each tour experience. Each tour is led by dedicated NSCC volunteers who are knowledgeable local historians and co-hosted by the Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Space. Please contact Diana Ramsey, for inquiries and special requests for tours. 

  • Tours are walk-up or you can pre-register. PayPal registration link included with each tour description.
  • Suggested donation of $5 per person. 
  • Info & Weather updates on our website HERE or Facebook HERE 
  • Bathrooms will not be open for events until further notice.
  • Mask wearing is required as per City of Norfolk mandate.
  • Keep six-feet distance if not in the same family.


Tour Guide: SHANNON STAFFORD – Elmwood Cemetery, 238 East Princess Anne Road 

  

The Beauty in Death: The Headstone Symbols of Elmwood 

Friday April 29 - 6:00 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he explains the meaning of different Victorian headstone symbols, the lost language of the Victorians. 

Reserve your space by making a donation HERE.

 

Hey Did You Know.....This About Norfolk History..... 

Friday May 13 - 6:30 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he takes you for a walk-through Norfolk’s lesser-known history and events that shaped Norfolk what it is today.    

Reserve your space by making a donation HERE.

 

The Gruesome World of Victorian Medicine: Before the Dawn of Antibiotics 

Friday May 20 - 6:30 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he tells stories of what life was truly like in a time where the cure ended up being more deadly than the disease/diagnosis. 

Reserve your space by making a donation HERE.


The Gruesome World of Victorian Medicine: Before the Dawn of Antibiotics (rescheduled from April 8)

Friday May 27th  - 6:30 p.m.

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he tells stories of what life was truly like in a time when the cure ended up being more deadly than the disease/diagnosis.

Reserve your space by making a donation HERE.

 

Where the Unsolved Rest: The Cold Cases of Norfolk 

Friday June 3 - 6:30 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he tells tales of where every stone is turned over and all investigative leads are exhausted, what now rests here are the cold cases of Elmwood Cemetery. 

 

The Beauty in Death: The Headstone Symbols of Elmwood 

Friday June 17th - 6:30 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he explains the meaning of different Victorian headstone symbols, the lost language of the Victorians. 

 

Shannon’s Surprise Birthday Tour 

Friday June 24th - 6:30 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he celebrates his birthday by hosting a tour of his favorite stones.  The tour will have a selection of Shannon’s favorite stories, symbols and statues.     

 

The Gruesome World of Victorian Medicine: Before the Dawn of Antibiotics 

Friday September 9th - 6:30 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he tells stories of what life was truly like in a time where the cure ended up being more deadly than the disease/diagnosis. 


Where the Unsolved Rest: The Cold Cases of Norfolk 

Friday September 23rd - 6:00 P.M 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he tells tales of where every stone is turned over and all investigative leads are exhausted, what now rests here are the cold cases of Elmwood Cemetery. 

 

Tour Guide: SAMANTHA MCDONALD – Cedar Grove Cemetery, 238 East Princess Anne Road 


The Summer of Pestilence 1855 (Yellow fever in Norfolk)

Sunday, May 15th at 5pm
Join Samantha as she takes you on a journey through the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855. Hear tales from those who lived and died. 

Reserve your space by making a donation HERE.


A Victorian Cemetery Picnic (sit down tour)
Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm
BYOB- Bring Your Own Blanket or fold out chairs. Join Samantha as she reminisces about cemetery customs from the Victorian age and hear a few unfortunate tales from those who are buried in Cedar Grove. 

Reserve your space by making a donation HERE.


Stories in Stone (Symbols Tour)
Sunday, June 5th at 6pm
If you've ever looked at a headstone and wondered, "what does that symbol mean?" This tour is for you! Cedar Grove is filled with beautiful symbols. Join Samantha as she takes you on a tour and touches on what each stone has to say. 


The Summer of Pestilence 1855 (Yellow Fever in Norfolk)
Sunday, June 12th at 6pm
Join Samantha as she takes you on a journey through the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855. Hear tales from those who lived and died. 


The Summer of Pestilence 1855 (Yellow Fever in Norfolk)
Sunday, September 10th at 6pm
Join Samantha as she takes you on a journey through the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855. Hear tales from those who lived and died. 


Mishaps and Misfortune Tour
Sunday, September 18th at 6pm
Jaw dropping and head scratching tales from those who are buried at Cedar Grove. 


A Victorian Halloween Cemetery Picnic  (sit down tour)
Sunday, October 30 at 3pm
BYOB- Bring Your Own Blanket or fold out chairs. Join Samantha as she reminisces about cemetery customs from the Victorian age and hear a few unfortunate tales from those who are buried in Cedar Grove.


Tree Tours - NEW FOR 2022 at Forest Lawn Cemetery - 8100 Granby St.


May 21, June 11, September 10 & October 8 at 10 a.m.

When Forest Lawn Cemetery was designed at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, it was established as an open space to be enjoyed. Trees were planted throughout the cemetery to provide shade and beauty. Come explore the cemetery and learn about the many varieties of trees that line the cemetery’s roads.

Reserve your space on one of our tree tours by making a donation HERE.


Calvary Cemetery - 1600 St. Julian Ave.


Saturday, May 7th at 10 a.m. 

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford to learn the rich history of Calvary Cemetery, established in 1877, where many of the city’s prominent African-American’s rest.

Reserve your space on this tour by making a donation HERE.