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Elmwood Cemetery Walking / Photo Tour - Robert DiTommaso Photography

Join Bob for this early Spring Photo Walk to the Elmwood Cemetery!  Buried in the heart of the East Side, Elmwood offers a lush and beautiful resting place for many of Detroit's most well-known residents.  The Cemetery's gardens and structures are kept beautiful through effort by the Historic Elmwood Society & Foundation.  We are requesting a $5 donation be made to our tour guide to support the Foundation.  You can make this donation when you get to the event.  These amazing, beautiful locations require a significant amount of funding and your donation is appreciated.

This is an early spring walk!  We hope to find the trees and bushes in bloom!   Join us to learn about the history of Detroit in this very beautiful location!


If you are using a GPS to guide you to the Cemetery, please use the address that follows:  1200 Robert Bradby Drive, Detroit, MI  48207. From the Northern suburbs, Mapquest recommends you drive I-75 South into the City.  Driving East on Jefferson for 1.2 Miles, you will turn left on McDougall, which will take you to the Cemetery Entrance.  Bob's cell phone is[masked]-4859.


This is the description from the Elmwood Cemetery website:

"Historic Elmwood Cemetery is the oldest continuously operating, non-denominational cemetery in Michigan. 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.


Elmwood was the first fully integrated cemetery in the Midwest. A stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Detroit, Elmwood continues to serve the entire community without restrictions based on race or religious beliefs. 

Elmwood’s park-like grounds, are composed of graceful hills and a valley surrounding a calmly flowing stream. The grounds of the cemetery were modeled after Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and used the ideas of prominent landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted in 1890. Thanks to his vision, the cemetery is now graced with large stands of trees and roads that follow the natural slope of the land, blending with the surrounding environment and architecture, creating a haven of peace for the living to enjoy."


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  • Rose W.

    I really loved this place! Can't wait to process my images! I'm looking forward to returning this Autumn. It was nice to meet you all and thanks to our host!

    May 21, 2014

  • Gary

    Great historical cemetery. Sorry I had to leave early due to back issues.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Lorell L.

    Joseph,
    I RSVP'd that I am going. It wouldn't be a problem for me to meet you and Laura at Hall and Mound. I live at Hall and V.D. I'll check here on Wednesday morning to see if this arrangement works with your schedule. And if it does, hopefully you'll share location and time where we are to meet you. I hope the weather cooperates. Sorry Ray that you will not be joining us.

    May 20, 2014

    • Gina

      I would like to meet up and either join in a carpool or I can follow in my own car if there isn't room. Hall and Mound is not a problem for me either. Thanks!

      May 21, 2014

    • Gina

      Thanks for trying Joseph but it will be difficult for me to get downtown anyway due to my work schedule today. I will have to try again if this event is scheduled in the future. Take some great pictures!

      May 21, 2014

  • Lorell L.

    I am going to have to pass on today's meet up. You all have a great time. This cemetery is one of the most picturesque I have ever seen.

    May 21, 2014

  • Jeannine G.

    My daughter would like to join us, if she gets off work on time.

    May 21, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Hi Jeannine - That is perfectly fine! It is a beautiful location! Juliann DiTommaso

      May 21, 2014

  • Ray H.

    I am sorry to say some medical issues has come up and I will not be coming tomorrow. Sorry for the cancellation.

    May 20, 2014

  • Ray H.

    I am at 23 mile and Schoenherr. If that works we can ride together.

    May 20, 2014

  • Lorell L.

    Is anyone from the northern Macomb area going that I could car pool with?

    May 19, 2014

    • Gina

      I'm from 22 & North Ave. and would like to carpool.

      May 20, 2014

  • Anil m.

    Do I have to pay something at meetup?

    May 18, 2014

    • Bob D.

      The only expense would be a donation t the cemetery. I do not charge a fee for this event.

      May 19, 2014

  • Ray H.

    I will donate, just did not know who to give it to.

    May 11, 2014

  • Ray H.

    Will Bob collect the money at the Cemetery as when I RSVP it did not ask for money.

    May 11, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Hi Ray! The donation is voluntary that day. The head of the Foundation for Elmwood invited us to come, so the donation is voluntary. Thanks! Juliann

      May 11, 2014

  • Bruce F.

    Are they allowing you in the Temple Beth El section?

    April 28, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Bruce, we haven't been told there is a restriction, but there may be. I'll write and check. Sometimes it takes a while to hear back, so be patient with me. Thanks!

      April 28, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Bruce, We have permission to be in the Temple Beth El section. The guide won't be available until 4:45 ish, but she will escort the group. Thanks! Juliann

      1 · April 29, 2014

  • Gary

    I love the history in old cemeteries. Once spent time in Savannah, Georgia. The cemeteries were very old, back from the 1700's. It was a great learning experience..

    April 28, 2014

  • Sharon S.

    I am on call for Jury duty that week, but if not on a jury I will be there.

    April 28, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Fabulous! I love jury duty, but I know most people prefer to be excused. It is an amazing location all year round! Juliann

      April 28, 2014

  • Gina

    I never heard of this cemetery so looking forward to going for the photos as well as the history. Thanks.

    April 28, 2014

    • Juliann Power D.

      Gina! It is a fabulous location. It should be green and the trees flowering by the time we visit. TONS of history there as well. Thanks. Juliann

      April 28, 2014

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