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

Cemetery Tours

2021 Cemetery Tour Season
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. Please contact Diana Ramsey, for inquiries and special requests for tours. 

  • All tours are now WALK-UP. No registration required.
  • Check the website page for weather cancellations.
  • Bathrooms will not be open for events until further notice.
  • Mask wearing encouraged.
  • Keep six-feet distance if not in the same family.
  • Suggested donation of $5 per person. 

Elmwood Cemetery

238 East Princess Anne Road

Norfolk First 

Friday, June 18th 6:30 p.m.

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he introduces you to Norfolk natives who were pioneers, investors, and leaders whose achievements set records.

Inconvenient Murders of the Dearly Departed

Friday, September 3, 6:30 p.m.   

Join tour Shannon Stafford as he tells a historical story of murder and challenges participants to figure out who did it.

The Strong Women of Norfolk.

Friday, September 17th 6:00 p.m.   

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he takes you on an exploration of Norfolk from the perspective of the women who helped shape Norfolk and Virginia into what it is today.

Lost in the Depths of Davy Jones Locker

Saturday, October 2nd, 2:00 p.m. 

Calamities of the Virginia Coast. Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he tells you tales of sailors who perished at sea off the coast of Virginia and the famous shipwrecks that litter the ocean floor.

For Whom the Bells Toll – The Somber Tales of Elmwood

Saturday, October 30: 2 pm

Join tour guide Shannon Stafford as he tells stories of murder, undertakers, city coroners, Memento Mori and Victorian mourning. Prepare for a goose bump filled afternoon.

Cedar Grove Cemetery 

238 East Princess Anne Road

Along the Red Brick Wall

Saturday, October 2nd: 3 pm

Tales from those who lived and died during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855 with guide Samantha McDonald.

Mishaps and Misfortune!

Sunday, October 17th: 3 pm

Accidents that will make your jaw drop with guide Samantha McDonald.

Letting the Dead Rest in Peace

Saturday, October 30th: 4:30 pm

A recap of the previous months tours with Samantha McDonald. From Mishaps and Misfortune, to those who succumbed to the summer of Pestilence, and a little more in between. What better way to close out the season.