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Graceland paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 01/22/2011
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Graceland is located in Memphis, Tennessee, about 10 miles south of the downtown area. It sits along Elvis Presley Boulevard, a section of U.S. Highway 51S which was renamed in 1971 in honor of Presley's residence there.

3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis , TN 38116
Phone: 901-332-3322
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 35.046296
Lon: -90.02492

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 0
Claims: 3
Evidence: 0
Resources: 3
Retrievals: 8989
Vistor Rating: 4.0
Votes: 1

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Graceland is located in Memphis, Tennessee, about 10 miles south of the downtown area. It sits along Elvis Presley Boulevard, a section of U.S. Highway 51S which was renamed in 1971 in honor of Presley's residence there. The land was originally owned by Stephen Toof---the original builder of the house. Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore, Toof's granddaughter sold the property to Presley. The original buildings are now joined by several structures housing museums centered around Presley's life and career, as well as the Heartbreak Hotel and Graceland Crossing, a center for souvenir and memorabilia shops.

Original Construction

Moore inherited the property from her aunt, Grace, after whom the property is named. In 1939, Moore and her husband contracted Memphis architectural firm Furbringer and Erhman to build the two-story classical revival residence and outbuildings. The house was designed specifically with the Moores' daughter, Ruth Marie, in mind. The girl was a musical prodigy and the front rooms of the house were designed to open into one another to serve as a venue for a musical performance.


Driven by increasing fan attention to seek a more secluded and secure place of residence, Presley purchased Graceland in March 1957 as a home for himself, his parents and his paternal grandmother. He paid $102,500, and his family moved into the house in May, though Elvis himself was filming "Jailhouse Rock" and did not spend a night in the house until June.

Residence and Remodeling

Presley made many changes to the estate in the 20 years in which he lived at Graceland. Along with many interior decorating changes over the years, Presley built two additions, one on the back east section of the house (this addition would become known as the Jungle Room) and one on the south side. Presley also added a pool, turned the one-story wing on the north end of the house into an apartment, and the built the Meditation Gardens, where he, his parents and his grandmother were all eventually buried.

Open to the Public

Presley died in 1977 and left Graceland to his father Vernon, grandmother Minnie Mae and daughter, Lisa Marie. With the deaths of Vernon and Minnie Mae in 1979 and 1980, respectively, Lisa Marie Presley became the sole heir of the estate. In 1982, Lisa Marie and the trust left in place by Vernon Presley decided to open Graceland to the public. Since then, the estate has gradually purchased the surrounding businesses to create a unified and respectful attraction and tribute.

National Historic Landmark

Graceland was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, and in 2006 was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Graceland was cited in the National Park Service press release as "one of the five most visited home museums in the United States." More than 600,000 people visit Graceland each year, and it is estimated that the total economic impact on the city of Memphis is around $150 million a year.

Added by: sdonley on 01/22/2011 DB#:58


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1164 01/22/2011 sdonley Apparition of Elvis reported seen looking out the upstairs windows.
1165 01/22/2011 sdonley Apparition of Elvis reported seen running up the stairs to the private quarters as visitors arrive.
1166 01/22/2011 sdonley Apparition of Elvis reported seen late at night down by the graves.

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Graceland on Wikipedia
Added: 09/07/2014 By: sdonley
Wikipedia entry for this location.
Elvis Presley Official Website
Added: 09/07/2014 By: sdonley
Official website for Elvis Presley.
Graceland on Facebook
Added: 09/07/2014 By: sdonley
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