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

Cemetery Tours

2022 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 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 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, 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.