Elvis Presley Historical Graceland in Memphis

While just about everyone on the face of the planet has probably heard of Elvis, his rags to riches story, and his beautiful Mansion Graceland, not everyone may know that it is a great historical spot with plenty of things to do and see. If you ever find yourself passing through Memphis, then Graceland is definitely a must see for everyone, whether you were an Elvis fan or not, it is a great historical site that is interesting to visit.

Basically after Elvis died, they discovered that he really wasn’t worth all the money that they thought he was, so Graceland having been left to his daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and being too young to deal with the responsiblity, his father Vernon Presley was left to be the executor of the estate. While the mansion was bought for 500,000, when Elvis died the taxes on the house were in the millions, and they had to come up with a plan to save the mansion and not lose it, enter Priscilla Presley, Elvis’s ex-wife, and she came up with the idea of making Elvis’s beloved Graceland into a museum and show place where the Elvis Corporation could bring in some cash, and that it did; as Elvis is definitely worth more dead than he was alive it seems. Graceland makes more money everyday with all the tours, commercial products that are sold there, from all the tourists who flock to Graceland everyday; and for special occasions. Only after a month of Graceland Tours opening, the estate was already worth 100 million dollars.

Graceland currently is a museum, it opened as a museum to the public June 7, 1982. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 7, 1991 and became an official Historic Landmark in 2006. It is the second most visited home in America with well over 600,000 visitors per year, only second to visitors to the White House.

Elvis Presley died at Graceland in Aug of 1977, and along with his father, mother and grandmother they are all buried on the premises in what is called Meditation Gardens.

Every year a procession of tourist go through the estate to see Elvis’s house and grave especially on the anniversary of his death. The 25th anniversary saw the largest amount of tourists in 2002. It was estimated that 40,000 people came to Graceland that day.

The grounds at Graceland includes a museum that contain many Elvis’s possessions, including his favorite jumpsuits, his awards, the Lisa Marie jet, and all of his gold records. Elvis also had an extensive car collection. There is also an all Elvis Presley radio station on the premises, where Elvis tunes can be played all day long.

When you take a tour at Graceland, you cannot take pictures or bring video cameras inside. A tour guide leads you through the home, but the upstairs is closed off because of privacy for the Presley home as so much emphasis has been placed upon Elvis’s bathroom, where he was presumed to have died. Elvis’s bedroom is also a room that has not been touched since his death.

Tourists park across the street from the mansion and take a tour bus to the premises, they are given headphones and the history of Graceland is explained in detail from the year that Graceland was built to for whom it was named after, which was the original owners daughter, Grace. They also explain that Elvis was only 22 years old when he bought Graceland, falling in love with it the moment he saw it.

Much has been said about Elvis’s style of furnishings, and one has to remember that it was in the 70’s and the way the mansion was furnished maybe considered garish and has been called tasteless, and one has to keep in mind that Elvis was a little eccentric in his taste, such as having closed circuit TV’s all around the premises, and also having a large pool in his bedroom. There is also the “Jungle Room”, and the "T.V room", where Elvis was known to watch 3 television sets at a time. He may have been a little quirkish in his taste, but while going through his home, one gets the sense that it really brought him great comfort and joy to be at home, especially a mansion of that magnitude, coming from the poor background that was his childhood. Going through his home, you almost get the sense of time standing still.

The Mediation Garden where his family is buried was also always a comfort to Elvis, being especially close to his mother, he would often spend much time there when he was especially stressed.

I was only 14 years old when Elvis died and I wasn't much of a fan then, but as I got older I came to respect Elvis as an artist, a person of great talent and even though many negative things have been said about his life, I still had so much respect for this man who came out of nowhere, from such a poor family, to become the American Icon that he is. In my opinion no one will ever come close to being the superstar that was Elvis.

Visiting Graceland

Graceland's Ticket Office is located at 3765 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116

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Shopping At Graceland

Of course when you go to Graceland you will no doubt want to bring home some souvenirs or whats the point right? Well there is plenty to buy at the Graceland Plaza Gift Shop,

Good Rockin' Tonight- You can buy cd's here, DVD's, and also plenty of books. The shop also carries exclusive Elvis releases from the Follow that Dream Label.

Heartbreak Hotel Gift Shop- You can buy mugs, t'shirts, souvenirs of all kinds, and is open til 10.pm

Gallery Kids- Specialty gifts just for kids. They thought of everything.

Gallery Elvis- An upscale collectible shop where you can get pricey Elvis on velvet art.

Restaurants near Graceland

Chrome Grille- This is a cool place to eat, has a real southern charm to it where you can get the best BBQ that Memphis has to offer.

Shake, Split & Dip- An old fashioned style malt shop where you can get old style malts and ice-cream specialtes.

Jungle Room Lounge-A section in the Heartbreak Hotel Restaurant where you can get sandwiches, appetizers,salads, drinks and more.

Rockabilly's Diner- Is another 50's style diner where you can enjoy Elvis's special peanut butter and banana sandwiches as well as cheesburgers, fries and other casual fare.

Chapel In the Woods

The Chapel in the woods is a chapel where you can plan your wedding Elvis style. Close to the woods from where the Mansion is located, it is a place where you can have the wedding to remember forever.

The wedding planner can help you plan your wedding at Graceland and they have several different packages, that includes cake, reception, and photo opportunities in front of the Graceland Mansion,.

Elvis's Rooms in Graceland

Living Room
Living Room
T.V. Room
T.V. Room
Record Hallway
Record Hallway
Dining Room
Dining Room

Some of Elvis's Car Collection

Pink Cadillac Elvis gifted to his mother.
Pink Cadillac Elvis gifted to his mother.

Collectionof Elvis's Suits

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

What a beautiful hub Ladyjane. A welcome tribute to my all time favorite rock n roller Elvis the King of rock n roll. I have driven through Memphis a number of times when I was 18 wheelin, however due to my time schedule restraints was never able to stop. I said a little prayer for Elvis driving on through. I felt his presence every time.

He is my idol and from the time I first heard him back in 1957 I was only nine years old and believe me, I was mesmerized even then. I followed his career since and I have a lot of respect for this man. A humble poor boy who grew into the finest amongst artists. I loved your pictures, what a marvelous collection and assortment of pics you posted here. Bravo, the King would be proud.

You should get a lot of comments on this splendid hub as we are in the millions of people world wide who love and adore Elvis, his times, his music and his generosity. peace and hugs to you my friend.

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Ladyjane-You really have some great information here on Elvis. I really enjoyed the video. I too was not a huge Elvis fan but also grew to respect him and all he achieved. Beautiful tribute here Ladyjane. I really enjoyed it. thx

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Wonderful work here! I've always wanted to visit Graceland. Such amazing history for a significant music icon...

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

saddlerider thanks for reading and leaving such a nice comment. You know I didnt get into Elvis until I was way into my teens but boy did Elvismania hit me hard and his music has been in my life ever since. There are so many songs that he sings that still give me goosebumps such as American Trilogy, If I Can Dream, and many more. Im glad you enjoyed my hub, cheers to you.

Minnetonka thanks for stopping by and I feel the same way as you, Im glad you enjoyed the video that song is so moving. Cheers.

Steph thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment, I hope that if you do go to Graceland that you will enjoy it as well. Cheers.

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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Wow! Graceland is intense! It would be fascinating to be a tour guide or shop owner in the area and watch everyone float by... what interesting visitors the place must attract!

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rose56 6 years ago

I love Elvis he is awesome. Very good hub Miss Ladyjane.

He had a wonderful life I am sure.

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Simone thanks for reading and you are right on both points, Graceland is intense and the traffic around that area must be great for local business's. Thanks for stopping by, cheers.

Rose56 I agree Elvis was awesome and I still love all his music. Thanks for the compliment. Cheers.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

LadyJane, I loved Elvis when I was young and I've never been to Memphis but you made a lovely layout with the pictures of the home and those sexy outfits he use to wear. Rated up!

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Pamela thank you for reading and I appreciate your great feedback. Cheers to you.

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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Beautiful Hub. God Bless You.

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

stars439 thanks for your feedback it is appreciated, Everyone loves Elvis. Cheers.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

I will never-ever in my life get tired of Elvis’s songs. Thanks for a most interesting hub!

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Martie good to see you again and thanks for your feedback. I too will never get tired of Elvis's songs. Cheers.

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geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Great job ladyjane1 Elvis was the greatest in my book love me some Elvis:) ge

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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Awesome hub, I love Elvis too and feel he could have lived for so many more years had he taken care of himself. He was the KING of rock and roll and will be forever!! Thanks for sharing this with us - cheers!

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

geegee I agree with you completely. I love him and always will. Cheers.

whidbeywriter thanks for reading and it is interesting to think of what would have become of Elvis had he lived longer, maybe some more awesome music and hopefully not anymore of those cheezy movies lol we could do without those but they were kinda fun anyway. Cheers.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Thank you Ladyjane. I've never been. I have that picture too, of the pink Caddy! God bless!

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hey Micky yea the pink caddy is great huh? The Graceland experience is very interesting and worth the money to get in there. THanks for stopping by. cheers.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You have made many people happy with this well-done hub on Elvis.I know from personal experience how very generous Elvis was. At one time, he bought a brand new car for every Los Angeles Police Officer. I also know of man other generous gestures this King of Rock and Roll made - always done in silence. Thank you, rated up.

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hoku81 6 years ago

So gorgeous house. I love that

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

vocalcoach thanks for the compliment I have heard how generous Elvis was and it was very touching, especially when he knew what it was like to grow up poor, so he liked to be generous with others, a great quality in a person. Cheers to you.

hoku81 thanks for reading and for the feedback Cheers.

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Nice article on Elvis Presley; good selection of pictures of his cars, clothing and home. Rated up

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

coolmon thanks for visiting its good to see you and Im glad you enjoyed it. Cheers.

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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Ladyjane, what an amazing, incredible Hub. I was eight when Elvis died and I hate to say it but that was the first time I ever recall hearing of Elvis Presley. I remember it being the headlines on the BBC News that night and my mother bursting in to hysterics. I was really confused that my Mum could be so upset by the death of some man she had never even met, on the other side of the world.

It was a few years later that I myself became a huge fan of Elvis and I remain so to this day. I would love to some day visit Graceland.

Thanks for sharing this magnificent insight in to such a special place for so many millions of people around the world.

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

Gordon thanks for reading my hub and Im glad that you enjoyed it. Elvis was a one of a kind person and I do remember the day he died very vividly although I didnt appreciate the contribution and the great music he left us with until much later but I do love his music and his life story. Cheers to you.

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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This is a fantastic hub - especially all the photos.

I have put a link from episode 10 of my story hub "Respect for the King". I hope that people will take a look because they should like your hub as much as I do.

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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas Author

2patricias thanks for the comments on my hub, Im so glad that you have enjoyed it. Thanks for the link it is much appreciated. Cheers.

patsylee 5 years ago

Beautiful Elvis and you made Gracelands even more beautiful by you just being there.......... He sure was one of a kind A Special Gift from god. You made it to the top in this world What a wonderful effort We are proud of you RIP Elvis we will always love and miss you

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judith1951 4 years ago

Thank you for the great pictures, I love all of them. I have visited GRACELAND several times in recent years, also on Christmas time. I always loved it. I am an Elvis fan since my childhood. Always coming back and remembering "The King"!

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ladyjane1 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for reading cheers to you.

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