Gravestones at Elmwood Cemetery

(est. 1853)

After decades of using Old Settler's Cemetery as the primary burial place for Charlotte citizens, the city created a new, "rural-style" cemetery with burial spots laid out in spacious patterns to match the surrounding topography. Elmwood and other cemeteries of this style became the first public spaces for relaxation and recreation, and many of Charlotte's citizens used the space for walks, picnics and even carriage races. The first recorded interments at Elmwood Cemetery date back to 1853.

While Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries are operated as and appear to be one, they were separated by a fence and had two distinct entrances until 1969. That was when Fred Alexander, Charlotte's first Black city council member since the 19th century, successfully led a movement to desegregate the cemeteries. Historically, white citizens were buried at Elmwood Cemetery, while Charlotte's Black citizens were buried at the adjacent Pinewood Cemetery

Many of Charlotte’s prominent citizens are buried in Elmwood, including the following:

  • Governor Cameron Morrison

  • Dr. Annie Alexander, the first female physician in the south

  • Phillip Lance Van Every, who started Lance, Inc. and was a two-term mayor

  • John Motley Morehead, U.S. senator and congressman

  • Randolph Scott, famed classic film actor

​An array of unique and elaborate headstones and monuments can be found in Elmwood, such as the Severs log cabin, which was carved from one 15-ton piece of granite.​​ ​The cemetery also offers beautiful views of uptown Charlotte.

Elmwood Cemetery is home to an astonishing array of tree species, many planted over the years by the families of those buried there. The cemetery became a certified arboretum by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program in 2017. View a list of tree species and a tree map.

Wayfinding for biking and walking trails can be found at the West 6th Street entrance.

Learn more and take a virtual tour of Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries.

Elmwood Cemetery's first ossuary

Ossuary at Elmwood Cemetery


While Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries are now operated and maintained as one, they have differences in service fees, which are listed below.

Effective July 1, 2022

Adult Grave Space $2,700
Infant/Child up to 3 ft. Grave Space $600
Cremains In-Ground Space $1,400
Perpetual Care Charge
(one-time fee on all above sales) $90 Infant/Child
$210 Cremains
50% Mausoleum

Adult Weekdays $1,300
Weekdays after 3:30 p.m. $1,800
Saturdays $2,500
Sundays & Holidays $2,700

Infant/Child up to 3 ft.
Weekdays $400
Weekdays after 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays $600
  Sundays & Holidays
Cremations (in-ground burial)
  Weekdays $700
  Weekdays after 3:30 p.m. $800
  Saturdays $1,100
  Sundays & Holidays $1,350
  Second Right of Interment $850
  Ossuary Burial $300
Adult $3,200
Infant/Child up to 3 ft.
Adult $1,300
Infant/Child up to 3 ft.

Sales/ Installation of Amenities COST
Flower Vase Installation $120
Non-Permanent Burial Container/Adult $360
Tent, Chair or Cremation Setup $500
Sale and Installation of City Vase $200
Monument Foundation Construction (per square inch) $1
Marker Installation (per square inch) $1
Transfer Burial Rights $100
Special Request Maintenance (per hour)

Contact us

Administrative offices
Evergreen Cemetery
4426 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205​​

Cemetery address​​

700 West 6th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202​​
Severs Log Cabin at Elmwood Cemetery
Severs log cabin
Monument at Elmwood Cemetery
Cutter family mausoleum