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Elvis at Graceland

When did Elvis buy Graceland? How did Graceland get its name? Are your kids pummeling you with questions on the road to Graceland? Learn fun Graceland facts, and get the official answers to common questions about the home of Elvis Presley! Then visit our Elvis FAQ page for answers to Elvis questions.

When did Elvis buy Graceland?

March 25, 1957

How much did Elvis pay for Graceland?

$102,500


How many acres of the farm did Elvis purchase?

13.8 acres around the house

How big was Graceland when Elvis bought it?

10,266 square feet

When did the Presley family move in?

May 16, 1957, his parents and grandmother moved in while Elvis continued to film "Jailhouse Rock."

What was Elvis' first night to stay in Graceland?

Elvis did not stay at Graceland until June 26, 1957.

Who got the idea for Elvis to buy Graceland?

His parents, Vernon and Gladys saw it first and placed a $1,000 down payment on March 16, 1957.

 

Who built Graceland?

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Moore


When was Graceland built?

Construction began 1939

Who named it Graceland and why?

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Moore named it after Mrs. Moore's Aunt Grace Toof, the original landowner.

What kind of doctor was Dr. Thomas Moore?

A professor of Urology at University of Tennessee

Dr. and Mrs. Moore's daughter Ruth played what instrument for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra?

The harp. The harp chair is named in her honor.

Was Graceland a church?

No, it was a cattle farm and raised Hereford cattle. Mrs. Moore allowed a church to use the grounds for picnics and gatherings after she moved out.

How big is Graceland mansion today?

There are 17,552 square feet.

How many staircases are in Graceland?

Five sets of stairs.

How many fireplaces are there in Graceland?

Three - two gas burning and one wood burning


When were the famous music gates installed?

April 22, 1957

 

In June of 1957 Elvis had a swimming pool installed at Graceland, what is the shape of the pool?

Kidney

 

What is the current address of Graceland?

3764 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis, TN 38116

What was the original address?

3764 Highway 51 South
Memphis, TN

How many visitors come to Graceland yearly?

Over 600,000 visitors tour each year.

 

When was Graceland named to the American National Register of Historic Places?

1991