Elvis Presley and Graceland

Graceland!  As I think everyone in the world knows, Graceland was the home of the one and only Elvis Presley.  This lovely white mansion is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in the Whitehaven Community of Memphis Tennessee.

When Elvis first started to be successful he purchased a modest home for his family on Audubon Drive in Memphis.  As his fame and popularity grew so did the crowds of fans and journalists who gathered outside this home.  Although the neighbors liked having a celebrity in the neighborhood, the crowds grew to be too much and some of them complained.

In 1957 Elvis asked his parents to start looking for a farmhouse type property he could buy with a price range around $100,000.  Gladys and Vernon found the limestone mansion already named Graceland.  It had been named for the original owner’s daughter Grace. The home had four columns at the entrance and two lions one on either side of the portico.  Elvis was happy with their find and on March 19, 1957 he made a down payment of $1,000 and agreed to purchase the property for $102,500.  The sale was finalized on March 25.

Elvis made many renovations after his purchase.  He added a fieldstone wall to surround the property, a wrought iron gate with a musical theme,  a swimming pool,  and racquetball court.  He also added what has become known as the “Jungle Room” featuring an indoor waterfall.  The mansion has twenty-three rooms which includes eight bedrooms with baths.  It sits on 13.8 acres of land.

Later Elvis commissioned the Meditation Garden.  This is where he, his parents and grandmother are buried.  There is also a small stone remembering his twin brother who died at birth,  Jesse Gordon.  In 1978 the Meditation Garden was opened to the public.

Priscilla Beaulieu lived at Graceland for about five years before she and Elvis married.  She lived there another five years after they were married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967.  She separated from Elvis in 1972.  Graceland was daughter Lisa Marie’s first home after her birth February 1, 1968.  As a child, even though her parents were not together Lisa Marie spent a good deal of time at Graceland.

Elvis’ mother Gladys died in 1958.  Vernon Presley then married Dee Stanley in 1960.  Vernon and Dee lived at the home for a time.  However, Elvis and his stepmother did not see eye to eye.  Elvis would go on tour only to come home and find Dee had rearranged his home.  Finally Elvis had Vernon and Dee and her three children moved to another house at the edge of the property.

Like most people Elvis had a list of what should be in his pantry at all times.  In addition to the usual items we all stock I found a few items to always be on hand unusual.  He wanted unfrozen, fresh, lean ground beef, brownies (to be made fresh daily), banana pudding (to be made fresh daily), fresh hand squeezed orange juice, chilled.  Of course, it goes without saying, peanut butter.

Elvis received so much mail it would not go into a mailbox.  Every morning the post office truck would drive around to the back door to deliver the 500-600 letters as well as several packages received each day.

Elvis died suddenly at Graceland on August 16, 1977.  During his lifetime the gates were rarely opened.

After Elvis died Graceland became a museum and opened to the public June 7, 1982.  The property was placed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 9, 1991.  On March 27, 2006 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Graceland hosts over 600,000 visitors each year making it one of the most visited private homes in America.  Among its most famous visitors were George W. Bush hosting the Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for a tour in 2006.  The prime minister is a big Elvis fan.  Also visiting was Prince Albert II of Monaco with his fiancée Charlene Wittstock in 2010.

Comments

  1. Geraldine says:

    I had an unforgettable time visiting Graceland with my 2 sisters . It would be the last time 3 loving sisters would spend together …. For we would lose one to cancer . And it was her last wish for the 3 of us to spend together ….loving Elvis .. When she passed she had playing on a CD Elvis songs & when I came to say good bye the song loving you was playing so I sang along to y loving big sis Suzette loving you & I said my god byes …I loved all of what he was & represented . May they be in heaven soul searching the best souls ever ..amen

  2. Denise Reeves says:

    I know that I truly would like to come see Elvis’ Home graceland,but at this time I can only dream!I truly loved elvis’ music,because no matter what anyone might think of Elvis,he has his flaws like everyone else he just human!Maybe in August16th of 1977 ,god saw that elvis was just too tired to stay on this earth,and continue his music career!but I would like to beleive that he is is one of many singer’s like whitney Houston,who saddly left this world in an untimely way,and that maybe elvis among the many singer’s of all time,having a gett together singing those good old gospels songs of all.I can only imagine.Elvis is lucky!He no longer has to live in this world that we call Hell in itself.Denise Reeves elvis’#1fan!

  3. If we truly want remember Elvis Presley!it is with the utmost respect that we remember him as a who served our country in the military as well as in his music!though he may have had his short comings,but who hasn’t!He loved his Parents and he loved Priscilla and his daughter Lisa Marie very much!I would like to think that Elvis would have been great at being a grand father to Lisa Marie’s children as well a friend to them too!i would like imagine that he would give his grand children advise about how to live a good and fruitful life.But I also beleive that he would have encourage his grand children to pursue their dreams as well.Only the good lord in heaven knows what Elvis could have accomplished if he were still here today!But,I really don’t think that Elvis really beleived that he made such an impact on so many people around the world,who truly loved him amd his music and Legacy too.But!we must not question why god took him on Aug.16th 1977.maybe because god saw how truly Elvis was tired and sick from what the world system had to offer him,that he just decided go be with jesus where there was no pain or any sadness as well.We as Elvis’s fan’s should continue to keep his memory alive for more generations to come!We must just keep singing his song! But give the glory to god for sending Elvis down here to bring such beauty in everything such as his music and his true faith in God as well.Let us come boldly to his throne!for he alone is god!and only he alone is the one who gave Elvis his beautiful Voice to sing with!life is just a vapor!were one minute,and the next were not!So lets just enjoy each others differences while we are all here!Denise Reeves.

  4. Deborah Miller says:

    I would just like to correct an error in the account above. Elvis’ twin brother was Jesse Garon (not Gordon as listed above).

    Elvis was one of the world’s greatest entertainers and will always be remembered by his fans. RIP Elvis, we’ll see you on the other side!

  5. I was going to make the same comment about the name of Elvis’ twin Jessie Garon, not Gordon.

  6. D. Harris says:

    There are a few , shall we say, differant answers to some of your information about Elvis- I say this because in ? around 1973 Elvis agreed to an auto-biography but he could only be there to answer some of the questions and had the writers talk to Dodger to get what they needed. She pulled no punches and I belive her very direct answers over someof your info.

  7. Connie says:

    I have always loves Elvis. I was in Alabama when I heard the news of his passing cried like a baby. I have been to Graceland it is a beautiful place. RIP Elvis you will always be missed

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