What Is the History of Elvis Presley's Graceland?


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Graceland is the former home of rock 'n' roll superstar Elvis Presley. The estate sits on almost 14 acres in Memphis, Tennessee, and is on the United States National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard, which is around 9 miles from downtown Memphis and is a big tourist draw.

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At one time, Graceland was part of a 500-acre farm that had belonged to the Toof family for generations and was named for Grace Toof. It was built in 1939 and purchased in 1957 by Presley when he was just 22 years old. At the time, he paid a little more than $100,000 for the mansion and its surrounding 14 acres. He purchased the estate while he was filming "Loving You," which was his second film.

Graceland has 23 rooms, including eight bedrooms and bathrooms, with a total area of 17,552 square feet. The house features two stories and a basement.

Presley passed away at the estate on August 15, 1977, in one of its bathrooms. He is buried there, along with his mother, father and grandmother, in the mansion's Meditation Garden. The grave of Presley's stillborn twin brother, Jesse, is also found there.

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